The ABS can help you with your open data policy by:
- Providing advice and assistance with policies, frameworks and standards.
- Collaborating in the establishment of whole of government infrastructure for statistical data management and dissemination.
- Identifying datasets with statistical potential and helping to realise the potential.
The ABS and the Tasmanian government are working in partnership on ‘Stats Matter’, a whole-of-Tasmanian government strategy designed to improve the production, use, management and reporting of high quality data for informed decision making.
Stats Matter aims to bring order to statistical practices and systems across the Tasmanian government, foster collaboration, improve efficiency and build a culture where information resources are valued and used.
The outcomes of this collaboration will include enhanced planning, evidence-based policy approaches, improved access to data and targeted service delivery.
Further information about Stats Matter can be found at www.egovernment.tas.gov.au/stats_matter
The ABS can help you make your open data more useful by:
- Helping you with frameworks and standards that will make it easier to compare and integrate your data with others.
- Assessing data quality and assisting you to improve data quality.
- Helping you describe your data in a manner which allows users to better understand the data and assess whether it is fit for the intended purpose.
Statistical Spatial Framework
In response to the growing demand for spatial information, the ABS in consultation with statistical and spatial data custodians and users, developed the Statistical Spatial Framework (SSF).
Use of the SSF helps users to discover, access, integrate, analyse and visualise statistical data seamlessly for regions of interest.
Working with the custodians of significant Commonwealth socio-economic datasets on what the SSF means to them, a number of agencies are evaluating and modifying their geocoding practices. This will enhance consistency by providing data using a common geography, the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).
Further information about the SSF can be found on the Statistical Spatial Framework homepage
The ABS can help you make your open data more available by:
- Helping you release detailed and sensitive data in a way that protects the confidentiality of individuals and businesses.
- Helping you release data via user friendly tools and system friendly services.
Statistical Data Integration
Statistical data integration (or data linking) involves combining data from different sources to create an enhanced dataset, providing data for research not previously available.
For example, the ABS has linked mental health related data items from the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) with items from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. This linking provides information for the first time about the relationship between mental health related services and/or medication use and key socio-economic information such as education, employment and housing.
Further information about statistical data integration can be found on the statistical data integration homepage