Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL)
 

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The Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) is a secure online data query service that approved clients use to access CURF microdata. Users submit queries in SPSS 11.5 or Stata 10 analytical languages against expanded CURFs that are kept within the ABS environment. The results of the queries are automatically checked then made available to the users. The benefit of the CURFs being kept within the ABS environment means that the ABS is able to release more detailed CURFs in RADL than are available in basic CURFs. While RADL provides remote access to microdata, users cannot directly access unit records.

RADL includes a range of automated processes that monitor data queries and withhold requested results where it is judged that the output is at risk of enabling the identification of an individual and/or organisation. RADL also limits the number of unit records that can be seen at one time by a user. System protections in RADL provide additional protection to the already confidentialised data released in the form of an expanded CURF. Auditing of a sample of usage is conducted on an ongoing basis. For further information about the type of restrictions put in place by the ABS, see Rules and Restrictions.


ACCESS AND REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE

RADL users must:


SAS has been removed from RADL as the licence version that RADL required is no longer available. Users can either use SPSS or Stata in the RADL, or apply for access to the DataLab, where a range of analytical languages including SAS are available.


AVAILABLE DATA

Expanded CURFs are available in RADL. Available Microdata shows which CURFs are available in Basic and Expanded formats, as well as TableBuilder and Detailed Microdata. See How to apply and Microdata prices.


FUTURE RADL DECOMMISSIONING

The RADL system, released in 2003, has ageing technology and software that no longer provide users with the expected level of analytical functionality. Over the last few years, the ABS has been developing and trialling virtual capability for the DataLab, the replacement for RADL. The DataLab provides users with up to date versions of analytical languages, including SAS, SPSS, Stata and R in a flexible, easy to use virtual and on-site environment.

It is expected that the RADL system will be decommissioned by the end of 2018. Users may continue to use RADL for the rest of this year. You do not need to take any action now, as RADL users are progressively being contacted with DataLab onboarding information.