1407.0.55.002 - ABS.Stat - Beta: Web Services User Guide , User Guide  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/10/2016   
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Overview of ABS Web Services

All data in ABS.Stat Beta is made available via Web Services or Web APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). The purpose of these services is to provide a mechanism for automatic transfer of data from the ABS to user’s machines or applications.

Graphic: A circle on the left representing the user’s machine or application and a circle on the right representing the ABS.Stat database. Arrows show requests coming from the user and data response returned to the user, enabled by the API

Users access these services by submitting a request with the necessary selection criteria for the specific data they require. The service will return a response with the data and/or metadata requested. Responses are given in SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange), the agreed standard for the transfer of statistical data between machines.

There are three Services provided by the ABS: