Australian Bureau of Statistics
CDATA96 - Product Brief
There was a two stage release for CDATA96 ;
CDATA96 (first release data) - September 1997 Contained:
CDATA96 (second release data) - June 1998 - Final Release Disks 1 and 2
This contained all the above, plus:
The CDATA96 package provides;
Community Profile Data
Community Profiles format the detailed Census data for small areas into sets of tables containing key Census characteristics of persons, families and dwellings. The profile series is available for all standard Census geographic areas from Collection District (CD) to total Australia.
Basic Community Profile - contains 32 tables of quite detailed data for the following geographic levels: Collection District, Statistical Local Area, Local Government Area, Statistical Subdivision, Statistical Division, Statistical District, Commonwealth and State Electoral Divisions, Urban Centre/Locality, Section of State, Postal Area, Suburb, State, Australia.
Time Series Community Profile - contains 21 tables of variables from the Basic Profile comparing data from the 1986, 1991 and 1996 Censuses where the classifications are comparable, available for the following geographic levels: Statistical Local Area, Local Government Area, Statistical Division, Statistical Subdivision, Statistical District, State, Australia
Other data is available as separate Datapaks, individually priced, in formats suitable for direct import into CDATA96. These datapaks include SEIFA (Socio-economic indexes for areas), detailed base map data and all other Community Profiles - Indigenous, Usual Residents, Expanded and Working Population.
1996 Census Digital Boundaries
CDATA96 contains the following 1996 Census digital boundaries:
Collection District Postal Area
Statistical Local Area Suburbs - for Adelaide, Perth and major towns in Tasmania
Local Government Area Urban Centre/Locality
Statistical Subdivision Section of State
Statistical Division State/Territory
Statistical District Indigenous Locations,Areas, Regions
Commonwealth Electoral Divisions Working population SLAs
State Electoral Divisions
The boundaries match with the base map dataset described below.
Base Map Data
CDATA96 contains base map data (topographic detail files) developed by the ABS using data sourced from the Public Sector Mapping Agencies. The standard CDATA96 contains basic base map data - major roads, major rivers and railway lines.
You have the option to purchase, as an additional datapak, a detailed level of base map data which includes streets, town centres, rivers and features such as post offices, police stations, schools, caravan parks, churches, hospitals etc. This datapak is only available to purchasers of CDATA96.
Digital boundary and base map data for previous censuses is not included.
The following data is also included in CDATA96:
Time Series Link File - assists comparison of CD data between Censuses, and indicates the degree to which a CD has changed between the 1996, 1991 and 1986 Censuses.
Geographic Link File - links CDs to other Census geography.
Area, latitude and longitude of the centroid of each CD, and CD header (unique code string that identifies each CD with its aggregate areas)
Summary of functionality
CDATA96 provides extensive functionality including:
CDATA96 has been significantly improved on the CDATA91 product:
Ease of use
CDATA96 is designed to accommodate both the inexperienced and the sophisticated user. Standard CDATA96 functions such as selecting a table and geographic area, retrieving data, and graphing or mapping the results is available by clicking on an icon, while a Structured Query Language interface allows customisation of tables and extended mathematical and geographical analysis. Many of the functions provided in CDATA91 have been considerably enhanced.
The developed software is intuitive and provide two levels of complexity within the one software which is seamless to the end-user:
1. Quickbuild interface
Macro facilities for basic functions is available by clicking on an icon. This "fast-path" via icons includes:
2. Complex functions for the sophisticated user
More advanced features such as Structured Query Language (SQL) facilities for more complex functions have been enhanced for better performance and ease of use:
An interface is available on CDATA96 to ensure that other Community Profiles can be imported and presented, manipulated and mapped in the same way as the Basic and Time Series Profiles on the standard CDATA product. Templates (tables containing cell references only) of the Indigenous, Usual Residents, Expanded and Working Population Community Profiles are included on the second release of CDATA96. Also included on this version is additional boundary files such as Working Population SLAs and Indigenous Location/Region layers.
Conversion of CDATA91 user areas
CDATA96 functionality allows users to convert their CDATA91 with MapInfo user defined regions to equivalent 1996 areas either automatically, or with an interactive option where the component areas have changed.
CDATA96 is available at National or individual State/Territory level. The CD-ROM contains data, boundaries and base map data for all Australia, which is encrypted. You are able to access the data for the State or Territory purchased using a decryption key.
Data or map?
CDATA96 provides the option to select either data or geography first. It has the ability to produce a table without having to create a map and then run this table for a number of areas.
You are able to easily import data from other sources in proprietary and industry standard formats, with the ability to integrate these data with the CDATA interface. These could be other Census data such as other Community Profile data, profiles for customised geographic areas, customised Census matrixes, or data from other ABS collections. You are able to import data from non-ABS sources such as your own sales information.
You are able to easily export data directly to a range of popular applications such as spreadsheets, word processors, database systems and other mapping packages.
You are able to import and link other data files to geographic data, and assign your own geocoded records to Collection Districts. You can attach data by geocoding to topographic features such as street names.
Training, documentation and help facilities
CDATA96 is accompanied by clear and comprehensive documentation, including a User Manual, Tutorials (a quickstart tutorial, on-line tutorial and a full CBT module) and Release Notes. This documentation contains practical detail for users including information on 'shortcuts' available to simplify the program, and provides examples designed to a variety of user needs. There are context-sensitive help for CDATA features and the 1996 Dictionary is also provided as on-line help. Error messaging with correction advice is available via the Help system.
This page first published 12 June 2007, last updated 20 April 2009