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The changes were timed to coincide with the second release of Census data. This provided more detailed information in the form of Basic Community Profiles, Indigenous Profiles, Census Snapshots and Classification Counts. Further information can be found at www.abs.gov.au/census.
In December, the ABS put up Excel-format time series spreadsheets on the ABS Website for user evaluation and comment. The new format is designed to alleviate many of the problems with the existing AusStats spreadsheets. Key improvements include: time as rows, rather than columns; Excel format, rather than WKS format; adding relevant metadata; and links to the ABS Website. The feedback to date has been positive and it is expected that the new format outputs will be in production by March 2003.
Work has been progressing on finding a new Search Engine for the ABS Website. The results of the pilot have been very encouraging and an implementation plan is being developed - targeted for April 2003.
On Friday 24th January, Year Book Australia 2003 was launched. As with previous years, the Year Book content is freely available within Australia Now on the ABS Website. The Year Book Australia 2002 contents within Australia Now attracted 3.8 million hits for the year. The Year Book is distributed in hardcopy, CD-ROM and on the Web.
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