Monday, October 8, 2007

Children & Youth Statistical Portal

A new online service that improves access to data about Australia's children has been released.
The Children and Youth Statistical Portal is both a catalogue of information resources, and a forum for researchers and users to discuss issues impacting on the visibility and accessibility of children and youth data. It includes information from the ABS as well as other government and private sector sources.

The portal is a pilot project for the National Data Network (NDN) - an online research and collaboration tool developed by an ABS led consortium of federal government, state bodies and research organisations. The NDN aims to improve the accessibility and use of all Australian statistics, and more topic-based portals are planned. Data is not stored on the NDN, instead data custodians provide a catalogue record and link to their data holdings.

For a comprehensive list of national children and youth data sources, see the ABS information paper Improving Statistics on Children and Youth: an Information Development Plan (cat. no. 4907.0) - 'Appendix 3: Available Information'.

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