1406.0.55.002 - User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), Mar 2006  
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Contents >> Frequently asked questions >> Beginning your analysis


What should I do before I start using the RADL?
Prior to submitting your code and commencing your analysis, RADL users must:

  • have been approved by ABS to use the CURF they wish to access in the RADL
  • have familiarised themselves with the Technical Manual and any Information Papers relating to the CURF
  • have read the User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL)
  • have read the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata Guide
  • be able to write programs in one of the analytical languages in the RADL (SAS9.1, Stata10 or SPSS11.5), as ABS does not provide a code advisory service
  • be able to use a zip program (WinZip or equivalent programs).

Where can I find information about the CURF and data items?
Technical Manuals or Information papers providing information regarding the data items and variables for each CURF are available in the 'RADL Help' > 'CURF documentation' section of the RADL. These documents are CURF specific and should be read before using a CURF as well as referred to regularly while using a CURF.

Why can't I see my approved CURFs in the RADL?
There are three possible reasons:
  • Check that you have completed all steps in the New Request screen. For further assistance see the Submitting a request in the RADL section of the User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL)
  • For some CURFs, additional RADL user IDs are allocated to approved users. Some users will have user identifiers ending with "_INNOV", "_STATE", "_DETAIL", or "_REM". If you have one of these user IDs you should log in with each of your user IDs to check whether the CURF you want to use is attached to your other ID
  • Your application for access has not yet been finalised. Check in MiCRO to see the status of your CURF application or contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au or call 02 6252 7714 for assistance.
If this doesn't fix the problem, contact the RADL Administrator for assistance by emailing radl@abs.gov.au or call 02 6252 7714.

How do I get a complete list of variable names for my CURF?
A full list of variables and their short names can be obtained:
  • from the 'RADL Help' > 'CURF documentation' section of the RADL
  • via the Data Item List linked from the List of available and expected microdata web page (click on the CURF link, go to the Downloads tab)
  • by running a job to display the variables within the referenced dataset. Below are some examples of the code required to run these jobs. Note that you will need to run one of these for each level within a CURF.

proc contents data = LIBNAME.CURFLEVEL1 ;

get file = CURFLEVEL1.
display variables.

use "`CURFLEVEL1 '"

How do I validate my results?
The 'RADL Help' > 'CURF documentation' section of the RADL contains frequency and weighting reports. These reports have been made available to assist users in validating their results.

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