Australian Bureau of Statistics
About the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL)
The ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL) is the data analysis solution for high-end data users who want to extract full value from ABS microdata. ABSDL provides an interactive environment, enabling the analysis of basic, expanded or specialist (customised) Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs). ABSDL provides a more responsive and interactive environment in which to analyse CURFs than that offered by the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).
Loading of different analytical packages may incur additional costs.
Development of a Specialist CURF for use in the ABSDL is also cost recovered. As these are developed on a case-by-case basis the cost for Specialist CURFs may be considerable, depending on the client's data requirements.
Clients in universities participating in the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement are entitled to a specified ABSDL service - for which there is no charge to the individual user. Information about this is provided on the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement web page.
Access is provided to visiting CURF users in a secure location within ABS premises. The ABSDL allows interactive (real time) access to Expanded RADL files. There are no limitations on what unit record or summary information a user can view within an ABSDL, and users are allowed to produce graphical outputs. Users are supervised at all times and must not bring mobile phones, cameras, USB keys, laptops, palm pilots or similar transmission or storage devices into the secure location. All outputs produced by users in ABSDL are manually cleared for release after the session.
This page last updated 16 January 2015