1504.0 - Methodological News, Dec 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/01/2005   
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Putting analytical work and findings into the public domain and making it accessible via the ABS website has been an ongoing challenge for Analytical Services Branch. Guidelines for the clearance and release of analytical work were recently prepared by the Branch, discussed within Methodology Division (MD), and presented to the Analysis Board.

The guidelines build on work undertaken within Information Management Division on classifying ABS products. Most analytical work will fall within the ABS Research Paper category. Three checklists have been developed for reviewing and ultimately clearing analytical research papers prior to making them available in the public domain. These are:

  • a checklist for review within the branch and possibly the wider Division,
  • a checklist for review by internal clients outside of the Division, and
  • a checklist for review by external clients such as for methodological rigour.

Comments and suggestions from within MD and from the Analysis Board have been taken on board to revise the set of guidelines. We are now planning on trialling the guidelines on a number of products across MD, such as papers for the forthcoming 2005 International Statistic Institute (ISI), Conference for external conferences, and for Methodology Advisory Committee meetings.

In addition, MD is also looking at the location of its work in the ABS website, the format of its research papers, and the classification of analytical products on the website. As a package, we are expecting to make substantial inroads into making more analytical work visible.

For further information, please contact, Marion McEwin on (02) 6252 7290

Email: marion.mcewin@abs.gov.au.