1407.0.55.001 - ABS.Stat Beta: Web Browser, User Guide  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/10/2016   
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Changing the Time Dimension

The options available for changing the selected dates of a time dimension are different from those presented for other dimensions. Dates can be selected either using the Date Range Selection method or the Time Period Selection method.

Date Range

All frequencies available for the selected dataset are shown on the screen (below). If the data is only annual, for example, the controls for selecting quarters and months will not appear.

    Step 1. Tick the boxes next to the frequencies to be included in the selection. For example: Quarterly or Annually.

    Step 2. Choose either a specific range of dates (from 1980 to 2000, for example) by clicking Select Date Range, or indicate that you wish to have the most recent data available (last 5 years, for example) by clicking Select Latest Data.

When selecting a date range, it is possible to select a start year, quarter, month, etc. and automatically include all available data from that date onward by ticking the box next to Latest Available Data.

Graphic: Selecting an Annual or Monthly data range in the Select time range window
Data range selection

Select Time Period

It is also possible to select individual years, quarters, months, etc. by ticking the box next to each item. This is necessary if the selection of dates you wish to include is not a continuous series, but instead contains breaks or time periods outside the main date range. This works in a manner identical to the general dimension selected.

    Step 1. Select the required dataset in the Browse Themes panel.

    Step 2. Select the Time & Frequency dimension.

    Step 3. Use Date Range Selection tab to select the date range required.

    Step 4. Use the Time Period Selection tab to select the specific periods required.

    Step 5. Choose View Data.

Graphic: Selecting individual time periods in the Select Time Period Window
Time period selection

Note: It is advisable to select a general range of dates using the Select Date range first, and then include or exclude individual time periods using the Select Time Period screen. The inverse, making changes to a Time Period Selection using the Date Range Selection screen, may result in some of the individual time periods selected being lost, as the Date Range Selection screen is only able to manage continuous, non-broken series of dates.

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