1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 59), Nov 2006  
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More than 4,000 new titles are being added to ABS web site

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has added more than 4,000 extra publications to its collection of free online publications.

The set of mainly historical material includes all ABS publications, national and regional titles, released during 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 including the Australia and State Year Books. With the addition of this set, the ABS web site will now hold all ABS publications released from 1994 to the present day.

This latest addition represents a 30% increase in the number of publications that people can view and download for free from the ABS web site at www.abs.gov.au.

Head of the ABS Information Services, Kerrie Duff said the addition of the material was a large step forward in the ABS mission to encourage informed decision making in the community by making statistics available to the public.

"It's a massive amount of new information that is available online," she said. "It represents four years of the work of the ABS and it will provide a rich resource for students of Australian social and economic history."

"In a real sense, with this move the digital age has captured some of the pre-digital past."

Some of these publications have been converted from older scanned images to pdf files. These historical publications will appear with all current publication pdf files and are treated as past issues when accessing them on the web site.