ABS.Stat Beta is an interactive free online tool that stores data in a multidimensional cube format facilitating a more flexible, searchable and dynamic way of accessing ABS statistics.
The product has been jointly developed by a consortium of organisations including the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Istat (Italian National Institute for Statistics), the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand and, more recently, Statistics Estonia.
ABS.Stat Beta provides users with efficient and effective tools to personalise their search and discovery of statistical information.
It provides users with two options:
i) a web browser interface which allows you to:
- search and discover ABS statistics
- slice and dice data
- query, view and download data - choose pre-packaged or customise to your requirements, and
ii) a web services interface described in a machine-processable format using the international Statistical Data and Metadata Standard (SDMX) allowing machine-to-machine mechanisms for accessing and sharing ABS data.
The ABS is currently exploring utilising the web services interface to expose data dynamically. This presentation will demonstrate the power of this new infrastructure by showing you the applications developed that tap into ABS.Stat web services to dynamically visualise statistics. By doing this the ABS is communicating statistics in more engaging and understandable ways, contributing to the improvement of statistical literacy amongst our users and the Australian Community.
Debbie Watson, Director of the Data Access Futures section at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Andrew Rowe, Senior Developer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Video Presentation (Streaming) | PowerPoint Presentation (1.1MB)
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