2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Apr 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/05/2002   
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CDATA 2001 - Your Census at Work

Regular users of census data will be aware of the benefits of CDATA 96, but for existing and new CDATA users, the latest edition CDATA 2001 will have even more capabilities. Due for release in September 2002, CDATA 2001 has many benefits for users, which will outlined in this special feature article.

CDATA 2001 is being developed jointly by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and MapInfo Australia. It combines the most recent, comprehensive information on Australian society - the 2001 Census data - with powerful mapping software, MapInfo Professional version 7.0.

By having Australian demographic data at your fingertips, you will have access to a wealth of information on our community - age, education, housing, income, transport, ethnicity, occupation, computer usage, religion and much more.

The benefit of CDATA 2001 is that it will let you choose the specific demographic characteristics you require, rather than having to select from pre-defined output. To gain the knowledge, you'll need the power of CDATA 2001.

CDATA 2001 will enable you to identify and analyse business opportunities, choose the best location to take advantage of these opportunities, and have a better understanding of your market.

With CDATA 2001, you will be able to view the data in reports, maps and graphs.

The ABS has developed two CDATA 2001 options:

  • CDATA 2001 - Full GIS (Geographic Information Systems); and
  • CDATA 2001 - Quickbuild

CDATA 2001 satisfies a wider range of users' requirements through the two options, which offer different levels of functionality and flexible pricing.

CDATA 2001 - Full GIS

CDATA 2001 - Full GIS is aimed at those people who have a need for extensive GIS functionality. This option allows you to:
  • conduct detailed analysis using Structured Query Language (SQL),
  • export statistical data in a variety of formats for use in other applications, and
  • import your own data.

With the powerful mapping software that is part of this comprehensive package, clients can undertake more complex tasks and analysis. CDATA 2001 - Full GIS enables you to analyse, integrate and visualise census data.

A full MapInfo Professional licence is included with CDATA 2001 - Full GIS.

CDATA 2001 - Quickbuild

CDATA 2001 - Quickbuild contains simplified GIS functionality. This option enables users to select data quickly and easily for geographic areas and view the results as tables, maps or graphs. It is ideal for inexperienced and intermediate GIS users who wish to build a statistical profile of an area quickly.

Both CDATA 2001 options include standard Base Map Data which shows details such as major roads, rivers and railway lines. This detail will enable you to identify major landmarks or features to help you create your own customised regions.

Contents of CDATA 2001 releases

CDATA 2001 has two data releases. Release One is due in September 2002 with the Second (and final) Release scheduled for June 2003. Clients who purchase CDATA 2001 receive both releases.

Release 1
Release 2
  • 2001 Basic Community Profile, first release data (at Collection District (CD) level and above)
  • Basic Community Profile, second release data (at CD level)
  • 2001 Digital Statistical Boundaries
  • 1991, 1996 & 2001 Time Series Profile (at SLA level) on 2001 boundaries
  • Digital Base Map data
  • Additional boundary data (Urban Centre/Locality)
  • 1991 & 1996 Census data (at Statistical Local Area (SLA) level on 2001 boundaries)
  • Interface for Add-On Datapaks
  • Full MapInfo Professional software licence
  • 2001 Census Dictionary in electronic form plus interactive on-line help

Interested in having a sneak preview of CDATA 2001?

An online demonstration of CDATA 2001 is currently being developed and will be available from the ABS web site shortly. Watch out for the online demonstration on www.abs.gov.au/census.

Prices for CDATA 2001 (inc. GST)

CDATA 2001 - Full GIS
CDATA 2001 - Quickbuild
NSW, Vic or Qld
SA or WA
Tas, ACT or NT

Discounts are available for bulk purchases. Prices may be subject to change.

Get in early and enjoy the benefits

Clients who purchase a CDATA 2001 option now and who have an immediate need for Census data can request a free data-only CD-ROM, Census Basics, which will be supplied upon official release of census data in June 2002. So be one of the first to purchase CDATA 2001 and enjoy the benefits of Census data in June before CDATA 2001 arrives in September 2002.

To purchase or obtain more information call the National Information and Referral Service now on 1300 135 070 or email client.services@abs.gov.au.

Case Study: The Department of Transport, South Australia

CDATA96 was used to analyse and provide a geographical representation of the changing distribution of population in regional South Australia between 1986 and 1996. The study focused on the five statistical regions of South Australia outside the metropolitan area:
    1. Murray Lands and South East
    2. Lower North
    3. Yorke
    4. Eyre
    5. Northern.

Population data from the 1986 and 1996 Censuses was analysed by Urban Centres and Rural Localities (UCLs) and the balance of the rural population in each Local Government Area. With CDATA, it was possible to select the specific Urban Centre/Rural Locality boundaries and rural balances for each region.

Additional census information from the ABS was imported into CDATA96. This was made easy by simply importing the data from Excel and then linking the geographical references to the census boundaries. Once the information had been imported into CDATA and linked to the census boundaries, a number of thematic maps were developed.

Each thematic map showed the population change for Urban Centres, Rural Localities and rural balances. CDATA enable us to show the population changes for rural balances as one layer and the UCLs as another layer.”

The department said that CDATA96 was a useful tool in the manipulation and analysis of the data. It provided them with the ability to see and highlight population changes within South Australia at a detailed geographic scale.