Statistical Spatial Framework
Connecting information about people, society and the economy to a location.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is responding to the challenge of better integrating statistical and geospatial information by developing the Statistical Spatial Framework (SSF). This Framework will provide a common approach to connecting people-centric (socio-economic) information to a location, and improve the accessibility and usability of this spatially-enabled information.
The Statistical Spatial Framework will have applicability in any organisation wanting to understand people, society and the economy in the context of place.
'The SSF will provide a bridge between the statistical and spatial communities, allowing information to move more effectively and consistently between these two groups'. (Peter Harper, Deputy Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics).
For a general overview of the SSF please download the Statistical Spatial Framework Brochure PDF (4.3MB).
For an overview of the application of the SSF in Australia please download the Statistical Spatial Framework for Australia Brochure PDF (3.7MB).
For a single page summary of the SSF please download the SSF-on-a-page PDF (228 KB).
For material presented on the SSF at the 2012 Spatial@Gov Conference by Peter Harper, Deputy Statistician - Population, Labour and Social Statistics Group, ABS
For a paper providing the context to the SSF. The SSF 2013 WSC World Paper (246KB) was delivered at the 2013 World Statistics Congress by Gemma Van Halderen, First Assistant Statistician - Population, Education and Data Integration Division, ABS.
More information on the SSF
Detailed development work on the SSF for Australia is currently being finalised by the ABS and will be released progressively.
The following information is currently available for the following key topics.
Address data collection and geocoding standards
- The paper Geocoding Unit Record Data Using Address and Location PDF (963KB) provides guidance on methods and practices for geocoding unit record data to custodians of socio-economic data.
- The National Address Management Framework (NAMF) is a whole of government endorsed standard for using address information.
- Within NAMF, the address location dataset for geocoding is G-NAF. G-NAF will also provide an ASGS Mesh Block code, which provides the link to ABS statistical areas.
- The following website links provide further information and documentation relating to the NAMF standard and G-NAF dataset.
Common geographic boundaries
- The paper Using Geographic Boundaries and Classifications with Statistics PDF (721KB) provides guidance for users and custodians of socio-economic data wishing to understand the basic principles of spatially enabled data and geographic classifications, as well as resources available for adding geographic information to your data or converting data across different regions.
- The Australian Statistical Geography Standards (ASGS) contains the SSF recommended common boundaries for releasing socio-economic data
Metadata standards for geospatially-enabled statistics
- Statistical metadata standards include the complementary SDMX and DDI standards.
- The ANZLIC ISO19115 Metadata Profile is the internationally standardised geospatial metadata standard for Australia.
- The UNECE Common Metadata Framework publication provides a summary of the interrelationship between these and other metadata standards.
Protecting confidentiality and privacy of geospatially-enabled information
- The Privacy Act regulates 'information privacy' and includes a number of requirements, regulations and principles.
- The Confidentiality Series on this website provides general information on protecting confidentiality when releasing statistical information.
- The paper Protecting Privacy for Geospatially Enabled Statistics: Geographic Differencing PDF (628KB) provides guidance for custodians of socio-economic data on privacy and confidentiality risks, particularly with relation to risks that arise from geographic differencing of regional data.
Mapping and Visualisation of Statistics
- The paper Making Data Meaningful Part 2 - A guide to presenting statistics PDF (2,293 KB) from the United Nations provides guidance on presenting data in a clear and meaningful way. The paper includes useful guidance on mapping statistics and using other visualisation techniques. It also provides advice on preparing tables, graphs and charts, as well as addressing visual accessibility issues.
Information on the access and availability of geospatial statistical data
- The ABS Regional statistics portal provides information on the availability of regional data.
- The National Regional Profile contains a snapshot of the regional data available from the ABS.
- The Census data page provides points of access for this rich source of small area data.
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