Australian Bureau of Statistics
Help: Tips for managing data cubes with a SRD file extension
The following links provide help on effectively using ABS data cubes with a SRD file extension, available from the ABS web site:
Share ABS SuperTABLE data cubes within the organisation
Re-use the table format and layout for every new release of the same ABS SuperTABLE data cube
Extended use of TXD files
All of the above operations require SuperTABLE software, for more information see help on Download and Install SuperTABLE. SuperTABLE works in a PC environment and does not work on Macintosh computers.
USE THE LATEST VERSION OF THE ABS SuperTABLE DATA CUBE
New releases of the ABS data cubes on any particular topic retain the same file name.
When you download an ABS data cube which retains the same file name to the same file location, you will get a message, "File_name.srd already exists. Do you want to replace it?"
You may also get a similar prompt when you run the 'SRD' file on the SuperTABLE software. Select 'YES' to overwrite the file.
This action ensures that you are using the latest version of the file.
SHARE ABS SuperTABLE DATA CUBES WITHIN THE ORGANISATION
To share data cubes within the organisation follow these three steps:
Step 2: Change your Catalogue ( SuperTABLE's File Manager ) location to point to the common 'Catalogue_folder' folder above.
Step 3: Save and install the ABS SuperTABLE data cube with a SRD file extension to the common 'Dataset_folder' folder in Step 1 above.
By default, the Catalogue (SuperTABLE's file manager) is located on the hard drive on the computer where SuperTABLE is installed. When you download and use a ABS SuperTABLE data cube, it is generally saved to the hard drive also.
Step 1: Create two folders in a common shared location on the network, a 'Catalogue_folder' and a 'Dataset_folder'.
Step 2: Change your Catalogue ( SuperTABLE's File Manager ) location to point to the common 'Catalogue_folder' folder in Step 1 above.
Step 3: Save and Install the ABS data cube with a SRD file extension to the common 'Dataset_folder' folder in Step 1 above.
2. Select File/New from the menu, this will open the SuperTABLE Catalogue.
4. Locate the data cube that you downloaded (make sure that it is unzipped) using the 'Browse' button.
7. The data cube will appear in the Catalogue and can be opened by selecting it and then clicking 'OK'.
RE-USE THE TABLE FORMAT AND LAYOUT FOR EVERY NEW RELEASE OF THE SAME ABS DATA CUBE
To create a re-usable table that can be updated every time a particular ABS SuperTABLE data cube is released, follow the steps below:
Step a. Create a re-usable table
2. From the menu, choose File/Save As.
3. In the 'Save As Type' box, select Textual Table Definition (TXD file extension).
4. In the 'File name' box, type in a name to save the file.
5. Click 'OK'.
This TXD file contains all of the layout and formatting information required to re-create the table.
You can use the same data cube, or use a data cube that has been updated with new data.
Step b. Re-use the table with an updated Data cube
The data cube will open and create a table based on the information in the TXD file. You can still manipulate this table if needed.
For example, if a new time period has been added to the updated data cube, you can add the new time period to the table.
EXTENDED USE OF TXD FILES
Saving a table as a TXD file, allows you to open a table which was built using one data cube to run on a second data cube. This can be done if all of the fields in the tables are present and have the same category names in the second data cube.
Figure 14: Download the Sample 2 data cube
This page last updated 28 February 2013