Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL)

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What is the RADL?

The RADL is a secure online data query service that approved clients access via the ABS website. Users access RADL to submit queries in SAS, SPSS or Stata analytical languages against expanded CURFs that are kept within the ABS environment. The results of the queries are automatically checked then made available to the users. The benefit of the CURFs being kept within the ABS environment means that the ABS is able to release more detailed CURFs in the RADL than are available on CD-ROM. While RADL provides remote access to microdata, users cannot directly access unit records.

The RADL was developed and released by the ABS in 2003, to enable the release of the more detailed microdata (Expanded CURFs) in an environment where access and use are controlled and monitored by the ABS. The RADL includes a range of automated processes that monitor data queries and withhold requested results where it is judged that the output is at risk of enabling the identification of an individual and/or organisation. The RADL also limits the number of unit records that can be seen at one time by a user. System protections in the RADL provide additional protection to the already confidentialised data released in the form of an expanded CURF. Auditing of a sample of usage is conducted on an ongoing basis.

For further information about the type of restrictions put in place by the ABS, see the Rules and Restrictions for Use chapter of the User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).

Requirements of RADL access and assumed knowledge

Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) users must:

    • have been approved by ABS to use the CURF they wish to access in the RADL
    • have familiarised themselves with the CURF documentation, including the Technical Manual and data item list relating to the CURF
    • have read and understand the contents of the User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL)
    • be able to write programs in one of the analytical languages in RADL (SAS9.1, SPSS11.5 and Stata10). Note that the ABS does not provide a code advisory service so familiarity with SAS, SPSS or Stata is important
    • know how to use an Internet browser
    • be able to use a zip program (WinZip or equivalent programs).

Which CURFs are in the RADL?

All Expanded CURFs are available in the RADL. The Expected and available Microdata shows which CURFs are available in Basic and Expanded formats. The page also provides a links to the Technical and Information Papers for each CURF.

Getting started with the RADL

Information is available in the Getting Started with the RADL chapter of the User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).

The ABS assumes users are experienced in SAS, SPSS or Stata for code creation and does not provide advice on coding problems. Log files can be used to determine problems in obtaining output. Further information is available in the RADL Help section of the RADL. If you encounter any problems accessing or using the RADL, email the RADL Administrator. The ABS privacy policy outlines how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.

Related links

MiCRO online microdata application system
About CURF microdata
Microdata prices