1407.0.55.002 - ABS.Stat - Beta: Web Services User Guide , 2013  
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ABS.Stat SDMX Web Service

General Overview

Flow chart: Service consumer requests data from service provider via internet then service provider provides data to service consumer via internet

Figure 1: General overview of ABS.Stat SDMX Web Service

The purpose of the ABS.Stat SDMX Web Service is to provide a mechanism for automatic transfer of data between machines for the dissemination of ABS data.
SDMX is the agreed standard (common language) for the transfer of statistical data between machines.

Technical Overview

Flow chart: Query Message to Web Service Function Call to S D M X Output

Figure 2 : How ABS.Stat SDMX web service works

From the above diagram (Figure 2), a query message is created by the user with the necessary selection criteria to obtain the specific piece of data the user requires.
The query message is then submitted to the SDMX web service via a web service function \ method call which in return provides an SDMX-formatted output file.
Different query messages will be required for different web service method calls.

Access to ABS.Stat SDMX Web Service

Access to ABS.Stat SDMX web service is through the following url address:

OwnerUrl to Web serviceComments
ABShttp://stat.abs.gov.au/sdmxws/sdmx.asmxThis service is made available as a part of ABS Betaworks and can be used for research and testing purposes only. Please refer to www.abs.gov.au for official data.