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:
In this paper, the strategies and techniques used by the ABS to improve statistical communication are discussed.
- improving communication of statistics to facilitate user discovery of information and assessment of its fitness-for-purpose;
- broadcasting and proactive dissemination of information such as through Real Simple Syndication and email notification;
- improving self help; and
- writing once/publishing many times to improve the efficiency and consistency of released information.