1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 45), Aug 2003  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/09/2003   
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Researchers welcome new CURF facility

The University sector welcomes a new facility offered by the ABS that enables researchers to undertake secondary analysis of its survey data, using new expanded Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs). This follows the very successful uptake of basic CD-ROM CURFs by researchers under the ABS/AVCC CURF Agreement.

Through the ABS's Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), researchers can now access expanded CURF data via a secure web-based service. The RADL offers researchers a level of detail not previously available on CD-ROM.

CURFs contain the most detailed statistical information available from the ABS and are of most use to researchers and analysts who wish to run their own statistical queries on the data.

To ensure the confidentiality of respondents, CURFs have all name and address information removed and have the amount of record detail controlled to protect the person or organisation from being identified.

There is further information on the ABS home page under 'Access to CURFs' or contact the ABS CURF Management Unit 02 6252 5853 or 02 6252 5731.