Spring 2019

What We’re Doing in Australia – An API for Confidentialized Contingency Tables

Friday, Mar. 8, 2019 11:00 am11:30 am PST

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Arthur Street (CSIRO Data61)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been ground-breaking over the past several years by providing an online tool for researchers to generate custom contingency tables of Census and other datasets. These tables are confidentialized "on the fly" to maintain privacy.  This has saved considerable time and resources compared to manually creating such tables, and has widened access to ABS data. Recently, my team has collaborated with the ABS to extend on this work by providing such tables to authorized users via an API that will lead to greater sharing and use of high value datasets. This talk will present on our approach, how the ABS is using the API, and challenges involved in extending access to a broader set of users.