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Methodology Architecture Unit
To stay a strong and relevant central statistical agency into the 21st century, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is transforming the way it acquires, collates, uses, reuses and disseminates statistical information. To support this transformation, innovative, industrialised and contemporised statistical methods and tools will be required. Methodology Architecture (MA) provides a roadmap for systematically assessing and developing these 21st century methods and tools covering the full spectrum of the statistical production cycle. It comprises an envisaged future inventory of statistical methods and tools, covering the full spectrum of the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM). Contrasting with the current inventory, the MA will also provide a transition plan for migrating from the current methodological state to the future state.
The Methodology Architecture Unit has been set up within MDMD to develop the MA. As well as making a considerable contribution to corporate transformation works such as the Enterprise Architecture, assessment of Enterprise Data Warehouse proposals and the Business Assessment Team, the unit has produced a set of principles for MA and is working on a draft MA, with a high level first cut in March and a detailed version in June. Briefly, the principles are that the suite of methods should be:
· soundly based
· modular & transparent in interaction
· tested in application, outcome measured & have good holistic outcomes
· applicable by business areas
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