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New Census Web Interface for 2006
For the 2006 Census, a new, simplified web interface has been developed by the ABS. Launched on 4 August 2006, this interface guides the user through a series of steps which will enable access to a product(s) relevant to their needs.
A taste of what is to come...
You can now access Census statistics in their new format from the Census link on any ABS web page. This is a valuable opportunity to familiarise yourself with the new, simplified interface before the 2006 data is available.
Access 2001 Census data for free via the following online options:
We'd like your feedback!
This interface is designed to offer you superior access to Census data and metadata. Follow the feedback link located at the bottom of the interface pages to let us know what you think.
Bookmark www.abs.gov.au and follow the Census link to check out new Census developments as they happen.
Web Articles on Water and Energy Conservation in Queensland
Two new articles on Water Use and Conservation in Queensland and Energy Use and Conservation in Queensland were released on the ABS web site in July.
Each article was designed to inform debate on resource conservation in Queensland. With increasing demands on Queensland’s natural resources, fuelled by severe drought conditions, a rising population and a growing economy, a data analysis of Queensland’s water and energy sources over the past 10 years is a valuable information resource for households, business and government.
Some of the Queensland data available includes:
Data on water use and conservation was sourced from the ABS Water Account for Australia, 1993-94 to 1996-97 and 2000-01 (cat. no. 4610.0) and Environmental Issues: People’s views and practices, 2004 (cat. no. 4602.0), while information for the energy use and conservation article was taken from the Environmental Issues: People’s views and practices, 2005 (cat. no. 4602.0).
For further information contact Arthur Poulter on 07 3222 6084 or email@example.com.
Emerging Trends in Data Communication
Results of a survey recently conducted by Statistics Canada suggest that many National Statistical Offices (NSOs) are in different stages of progress in migrating from a paper-based publishing regime to a web-based publishing regime, and the common theme and challenges faced by them today are to make the World Wide Web an effective medium for the on-line communication of statistics.
Like many other NSOs, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is positioning itself to use the Internet as the principal channel for data communication. There are a number of strategies in place to fulfil the ABS goal of web publishing. These are:
Along with achieving the strategies outlined above, the ABS is proud to be part of researching and adopting ground breaking methods of designing web sites for improved use of statistics.
ABS research into cognitive psychology showed three important cognitive processes for understanding information:
Further information regarding improved Data Communication strategies can be found in the following publication on the ABS web site 1211.0 - Data Communication - Emerging International Trends and Practices of the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006.
Information Skills Program Can Train Your Staff in Researching ABS Statistics
The Information Skills Program is a new service that provides ABS web site training sessions to government, business and community organisations. Training is conducted within the client's office and is a free service.
Since early December 2005, all statistics on www.abs.gov.au can be accessed and downloaded free of charge.
"With more organisations accessing the ABS statistics, we want to ensure that users have the confidence to find the right information for their area of interest and that's where the Information Skills Program can help.", outlined Judy Tayt, Information Skills Program Manager, Queensland.
What does the training include?
Training can cover a broad range of topics or can focus on a specific subject. Topics include:
Since March 2006, over 30 training sessions have been presented to organisations throughout central and south-east Queensland with close to 300 attendees.
ABS Information Skills Consultants can tailor the training to suit your statistical information needs. Both lecture-style and hands-on practical training are offered to ensure that your staff gain the most out of the training.
Course training notes are being developed in module-style format with a view to load the documents to the ABS web site Training Main Page. A number of training documents are currently available and can be found at ABS Training.
Integrating the National Statistical Service and the Statistical Clearing House Web Sites
The integration of the National Statistical Service (NSS) and Statistical Clearing House (SCH), web sites forms part of the strategy which led to the creation of the NSS Leadership Branch.
The NSS is a coalition of agencies that will deliver to Australia an improved range of statistical information for policy, research and decision making.
In 1996, the Small Business Deregulation Task Force produced a report called 'Time for Small Business'. The report recommended that a central clearance process be established for business surveys conducted by the Australian Government. The purpose of the process was to ensure that surveys are necessary, well designed and place minimum burden on business respondents. The SCH was established in response to this recommendation.
With the specific responsibility for progressing the National Statistical Service, the NSS leadership branch aims to not only harness all NSS functions under the one banner operationally, but to also ensure they present an integrated face to the broad statistical community.
The integration of both web sites helps to achieve alignment in identity and purpose of all NSS initiatives; including the SCH and the National Data Network (NDN). This conveys the intended message that both the Statistical Clearing House and National Data Network are National Statistical Service initiatives with both specific and general reference points to the aims and objectives of the National Statistical Service, which includes developing the capacity to enhance the scope and quality of statistical activity across government agencies.
It may not be well known, but apart from reviewing government conducted business surveys the SCH plays a vital role in educating the statistical community about survey best practice and the principles of dissemination, and in so doing addresses a key aim of the NSS; which is to deliver an improved range of statistical information for policy, research and decision making. More specifically, the SCH and NSS in a combined effort support other ABS areas in their collaboration with government agencies in the effective production and use of statistics.
An intended outcome of the integration is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of all static and dynamic communication tools and networks by creating a seamless relationship between the three NSS entities. For example, many of the former SCH reference materials are now combined with the resources currently available in the NSS section of the website and there is also a direct portal to the NDN web site.
Finally, the integration ensures that all NSS projects and initiatives whether major, such as the implementation of the National Data Network (NDN) or minor, such as the various statistical networks achieve maximum exposure and an enhanced NSS identity.
Recent Developments in the Collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Welfare Statistics 2005
Publication 4704.0.55.001 - Recent Developments in the Collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Welfare Statistics 2005 was released to the ABS web site on 26/6/2006.
It discusses recent developments in the collection and reporting of statistics relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and provides information on the quality of data collected on Indigenous peoples from the Census, surveys and administrative records.
Good quality data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are needed to assess the effectiveness of programs and interventions, and to evaluate policies that are designed to improve the status of, and service delivery to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This paper is an addendum to 'The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2005' and has been jointly prepared by The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Really Simple Syndication
In November 2004, the ABS web site expanded its services and began to provide statistical headlines for each day’s release in Really Simple Syndication (RSS) format.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an XML format which provides an easy way to know when content changes on a web site. It offers an easy access point to view short descriptions (headlines) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, together with a link to the full version of the content (main features) to be displayed on a client’s web page or RSS reader.
How to access RSS - To use ABS RSS you will need an RSS reader in addition to your web browser. Search the web to find a free or inexpensive RSS reader. Search for ‘RSS newsreader’ or visit the Google RSS directory.
Once you have downloaded and installed a reader, follow its instructions for adding ABS RSS as a new channel. Where you are prompted to enter a URL, please use the following:
Important: Please make sure that your reader is configured to look for updates no more frequently than twice a day. ABS headlines are updated only once a day at 11:30 a.m. Canberra time.
If you wish to publish our headlines on your web site or intranet please acknowledge the ABS as the source of these headlines and be aware of ABS copyright conditions.
The benefits of RSS: Use of RSS saves users from having to repeatedly visit the ABS web site to check for new content - in this way it is similar to the ABS’ email notification service.
Some other providers of RSS feeds or RSS channels, including statistical agencies, allow users to customise the RSS content, for example delivering:
For further information contact Mano Georgopolous on 02 6252 7792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected Recent and Expected Releases (July to September)
All ABS publications are free to download from the ABS web site. To inquire about release dates please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email email@example.com.
If you wish to subscribe to Statistical Update and have it delivered to your inbox, or change your current subscription in any way, please contact Arthur Poulter 07 3222 6084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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