1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Sept 2005  
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National Statistical Service Update

Inventory of State Government Data Holdings
A trial of this inventory process is almost complete. Metadata has successfully been collected for a range of datasets from five agencies, including: Department for Planning and Infrastructure, Main Roads WA, Health Department of WA, WA Police Service, and Department of Education and Training. The metadata has been incorporated into excel spreadsheet format. Agency data custodians involved in this project were convened by the ABS for the purpose of obtaining collective feedback from the process, to identify the benefits or otherwise of the concept, and to contribute their expertise to the future development of the data inventory. With the introduction of ABS@WA Gov, the group agreed that the ABS@ consultancy container is the most preferred facility to publish the inventory. The ongoing development of the data inventory project will involve the cooperation of the majority of government agencies and focus on particular ‘themes’ of interest (e.g women, indigenous persons and health).

NSS web site updates
A search Portal has recently been introduced to the NSS web site. Designed as an information search facility, it enables users to search for statistics across a range of Australian and State Government agency web sites. Several search options are available. The default search is set to cover all agencies currently linked to the portal, and there is also the facility to restrict your search to one or more selected agencies. Over the next twelve months the facility will continue to expand the range of web sites upon which searches can be made.

You can try searching some sites now at: http://search.nss.gov.au/servlet/NSSSearch

For further information contact NSS Coordinator, Andy Separovic on (08) 9360 5920 or email: andy.separovic@abs.gov.au