Australian Bureau of Statistics
8101.0 - Innovation and Technology Update, Dec 2012
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/01/2013
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RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, AUSTRALIA
The Gross Expenditure on R&D (GERD) changes mentioned in the last edition of this newsletter have been implemented, and are therefore no longer published in a separate release. This year GERD estimates were published in an appendix to the 2012 release of the Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia (cat. no. 8104.0) collection (Gross Expenditure on R&D (Appendix))."
FORWARD WORK PROGRAM 2013
More information is available in the Forward Work Program, 2012-13 to 2015-16 (cat. no. 1006.0).
CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING CONSULTATION PAPER
The Census is conducted every five years, but preparation for the Census begins long before that, with planning for the 2016 Census already well under way. As part of the ABS's goal of on-going improvement of statistical outputs, the ABS has released a consultation paper inviting Australians to comment on the proposals around content and procedures for the 17th national Census. While the paper addresses content for the entire Census, of particular interest to I&T users would be the section relating to 'Internet access', which is currently under review. With the rapidly changing ICT industry and the wide-spread use of the internet, for the 2016 Census the focus of the topic is moving from 'type of connection' to 'personal use of the internet' (e.g. voice over internet and teleconferencing, e-Health services, home-based work, accessing government services, buying or selling goods and services, entertainment, study-related activities, social networking and general browsing).
Further information is available in the Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Content and Procedures, 2016 (cat. no. 2007.0).
The ABS is continuously investing time and resources into the development of new products as technology improves and data requirements become more specific. As such, the ABS has developed ABS.Stat an interactive, free online tool that presents datasets in a searchable and dynamic way. Currently data is available on the ABS website in an excel, PDF or .zip format, but with the release of ABS.stat on the 14th of December, 2012, datasets can be viewed within the web browser and exported, or through a web service interface using Statistical Data and Metadata Standard (SDMX). This allows machine-to-machine mechanisms to access ABS data. Not only can datasets be viewed, but they can be customised and queried, as well as being able to view the associated metadata. This allows users to cut-down or expand datasets to their own requirements, as well as allowing them to explore related outputs.
Users should note that not all datasets are currently available on ABS.stat. Internet Activity (cat. 8153.0) was one of the first datasets to be loaded and as development continues new datasets will continue to be added following their release on the ABS website. If users do find any issues, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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