The DataLab is the data analysis solution for high-end users who want to undertake interactive (real time) complex analysis of microdata. Within the DataLab, users can view and analyse unit record information using up to date analytical software with no code restrictions, while the files remain in the secure ABS environment. All analytical outputs are checked by the ABS before being provided to the researcher.
Experience in statistical analytical languages: DataLab users must be experienced in one of the analytical languages available within the DataLab. If clients do not have knowledge of these analytical languages, they are advised to seek guidance and expertise within their organisation prior to using microdata. The ABS does not provide a code advisory service. The DataLab environment contains up to date versions of SAS, SPSS, Stata and R analytical languages. Other software packages may be evaluated by the ABS for inclusion if there is sufficient user demand.
Statistical experience: Users must have sufficient knowledge, experience and statistical capability necessary for handling information, as well as a commitment to protecting and maintaining the confidentiality of data. This may be through statistical qualifications or research experience.
Statistical purpose: Access to microdata in the DataLab must be for statistical purposes. Access for regulatory or compliance purposes is not permitted. Research projects using detailed microdata must also provide public value.
Terms and conditions: Users must be registered and joined to their organisation in the Registration Centre. When registering, users must agree to the Terms and conditions.
AVAILABLE MICRODATA IN THE DATALAB
There are two types of microdata files available within the DataLab environment:
Detailed microdata files have been designed specifically for use within the DataLab environment. Detailed microdata have direct identifiers (such as names and addresses) removed and have had further appropriate confidentiality applied within the context of the other security features of the DataLab. Detailed microdata files can be used by experienced researchers within the DataLab to undertake sophisticated and in-depth analyses.
Expanded CURFs are also available in the DataLab. The DataLab provides a more responsive and interactive environment in which to analyse microdata than that offered by the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).
There are a wide range of topics including health, education, labour force, migrants, crime, business, disabilities, ageing and carers. Some datasets provide access to ABS survey results while other datasets contain administrative data collected by other organisations. Available microdata contains information on which microdata products are available as well as links to supporting materials such as data item lists. See How to Apply to apply for access or Compare access options.
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