Australian Census Data analysis - Indigenous foci

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $110
  • Entries Received: 3
  • Winner: ReflexiveData

Contest Brief

If you are skilled in the manipulation and making sense of big amounts of government data, and also passionate about the protection and nurturing of Indigenous populations, then Australia's Bureau of Statistics and its Population Census data is a playground you will enjoy in this contest.

My company has big plans surrounding the use of data to better inform both our strategic direction and also the cases it presents to potential clients surrounding Indigenous focused initiatives. Depending on what this contest uncovers, it could also lead to the development of eProducts created by the data.

I can only imagine the range and depth of useful information which a specialists in this sort of data analysis and presentation could achieve....which is why I'm starting with a contest, to get a sense of what is possible. From what this contest uncovers, I will then be able to design and post an awesome project for the Freelancer community to participate in.

Our work is all about enhancing the Australian economy and the economic & social health of its communities through the development and injection of more Indigenous economics, via Indigenous owned and operated enterprise.

The Australian government collects a lot of data via a national census every 5 years and much of the data from the 2016 census is now publicly available.

The data we are looking to have worked is largely demographics (of the Indigenous population and as compared with the non-indigenous population). Indigenous Australians are generally described as "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander" people.

Topics we want included but certainly not limited to are:

- Numbers
- Age brackets
- Gender
- Education
- Employment / unemployment
- Housing
- Welfare dependancy
- Locations (macro to micro eg State, Local Government Area, Postcode)
- etc etc

Location / geographic analysis is very important as most of our clients include government and industries in particular locations, and the end beneficiaries are Indigenous Australians in particular locations.

I enjoy big data tables (eg Excel) which can be filtered, sorted, subtotalled, tabled etc to find a particular ad hoc figure, but for marketing and presentation purposes, nothing beats adding to the this mix the visual outputs such as a wide range of graphs, heat maps etc etc.

the place where all data relating to this contest sits is [login to view URL]

the ABS in recent times has shifted towards Data Packs which hold huge amounts of raw data which need clever excel / data analysis type folk to make any sense of them. The location that appears to hold the most recent Data Packs in relation to Indigenous demographics is here:

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...it even has a friendly video introducing the new system.

It would probably still be worth you searching around from the home page or via google searches to get a feel of the ABS on this topic and where data is held, but I think that link may be the motherload.

So, what should you submit if if you are interested in this contest?

Submissions should include a scope detailing how you would approach the overall project, how it would be broken down into component and outputs, how it could be packaged and productised, examples of previous work that is relevant, sample examples of the information required out of the ABS, how/if anything could all be javascripted for future generation (bearing in mind the Bureau of Statistics data for each Census is separate), and anything else that you think could be relevant. Ideas will leap into your mind long before I could ever conceive them.

And feel free to step outside the description above and look for additional types and sources of data to wrap into the project...that could be the point of difference that wins you the project! Australia is a country full of data in relation to population and economics.

Good luck!

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Public Clarification Board

  • john817
    Contest Holder
    • 5 months ago

    I encourage new participants to take a look! The response has been average and I wont be extending again.

    • 5 months ago
  • Asianexperts
    Asianexperts
    • 5 months ago

    I can do it I hope all comes under if condition in excel formula

    • 5 months ago
  • ReflexiveData
    ReflexiveData
    • 6 months ago

    Check Entry #2

    • 6 months ago
  • ReflexiveData
    ReflexiveData
    • 6 months ago

    The data provided on ABS website is huge and it will take considerable amount of time to completely understand it and provide you some concrete insights. It might take a month or more to analyze the whole data. If you will check the Phases mentioned in the Project Scope, this is the part of Phase II which will require a lot of brainstorming and deep diving into the data. Also, I have tried to give you some major (upper level) insights that ABS data can offer us. We can combine these data points to gain more insights.

    • 6 months ago
  • ReflexiveData
    ReflexiveData
    • 6 months ago

    #increaseprize

    • 6 months ago
  • john817
    Contest Holder
    • 6 months ago

    The more entries demonstrate that they have actually been into the data source and can for example list a range of outputs or products they know will be possible to develop, with what processes, the better. I will also appreciate entries laying out how pricing and payment methods they would be comfortable with for the future project. eg Lump sum, milestone payments, hourly rate, etc, along with any explanation for preferences.

    • 6 months ago
  • john817
    Contest Holder
    • 6 months ago

    Thank you to those that are starting to submit entries. My preference is to be able to review several side by side so that I can then comment on individual submissions. A tip for everybody: I have hopefully provide a good link into the ABS data source. While this is only a contest, I will look more favorably on entries that indicate the contestant has actually gone into the data source and elsewhere within the ABS website to review the type of data on offer and perhaps generate a small sample of work. Remember, I'm not an expert in this, and don't know what I don't know. You have to show me what's possible, and complement technical jargon with layman's terms, in order to impress me.

    • 6 months ago

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