The ABS's new dynamic aggregated data dissemination tool ABS.Stat Beta is growing! ABS.Stat Beta, the tool presenting ABS statistics in alternative ways (web browser and/or machine-to-machine web services), has made significant progress since its launch in December 2012.
Google Analytics show that the National Regional Profile dataset is the most viewed, followed by Merchandise Exports and Merchandise Imports.
Over the next 12 months, the ABS is focussing on loading a lot more datasets in ABS.Stat and installing upgrades as they become available.
The list of datasets has steadily expanded to include new statistics such as:
Economic indicators: Balance of Payments and Merchandise Trade
Price indexes: House Price Index
Social data: National Regional Profile
Annual and Quarterly Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
Population Projections, Australia, 2006 to 2101
Industry statistics: Sales of New Motor Vehicles
In May 2013, the ABS showcased ABS.Stat Beta by participating in GovHack, an event that brings together data owners and developers to work on innovative access to government data.
The ABS sponsored two award categories - Open Government and Data Journalism; and in particular we wanted to encourage the use of ABS machine to machine web services.
The award for Data Journalism used the web service in developing an application that utilised the National Regional Profile data.
The Open Data award was won by developers of an application which provided a comprehensive view of Australia's history by combining datasets from both the ABS and non ABS data sources.
GovHack was a successful event for the ABS demonstrating creative use of ABS data, especially combining it with data from other Government sources. It also allowed the ABS to engage well with applications developers.
Find out more about ABS.Stat Beta and watch this space for further developments!
Great post. Looking forward to seeing better creative use of ABS data as the current format is tough to absorb every time. It will be interesting to see diagrams and interactive visuals of superannuation and housing data, as it could be then re-used in planner engagements with clients.