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ABS@ training has been provided to a number of State Government Departments and agencies and we are happy to report that staff who have received training have been extremely pleased with the amount of useful data and information that is available from ABS@.
ABS data is a valuable source of information and the improved availability of this relevant, high quality data to State Government decision makers and planners will support continued research and inform policy formulation.
In addition to improving access to ABS data the Consultancy Container attached to ABS@ will be populated with data provided by other government agencies.
As part of the release of ABS@, many agency staff now have access to the ABS@ Consultancy Container through the web. It can be located by clicking on 'Information Consultancies' in the green menu bar on the left hand side of the consultancy screen.
What is the ABS@ Consultancy Container?
The ABS@ Container is a facility within ABS@ that enables the storage of data for access by WA government agencies. It is divided into two parts:
The ABS Consultancies part will contain consultancies undertaken for WA government agencies. With the permission of the agency purchasing a particular consultancy, the data will be placed in the Container for access by all other WA government agencies. This will enable free sharing of the data and reduce cost to the WA government as a whole.
The non-ABS Consultancies part can be populated with the data holdings of government agencies. If an agency holds data that is suitable for use by other WA Government agencies, it can have this data placed in the Container. This may be in a variety of forms such as agency reports, spreadsheets or even a hot link to where the data is stored on the agency's web site.
An inventory of WA government data holdings is being developed and will be included in the Container. This will provide metadata to describe the purpose and methodology in compiling the data and will address issues associated with suitability for use.
Importance of the ABS@ Consultancy Container
The ABS@ Container is available as part of the 12 month contract between the ABS and the WA government. At the end of this contract, the usefulness of ABS@, and the Container in particular, will be assessed to decide on whether it will continue to be made available.
For further information, please contact your agency ABS@ representative.
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