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Introducing Schedule B for 2014-2015

Schedule B is a list of data products to order this program year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015). The schedule is listed on communitydata.ca. As with the last Schedule B, the latest version will include links to the tables in question once they have been added to the catalogue.

Rolling out the new catalogue

Yesterday we launched the first iteration of the new data catalogue. Purpose: to help you find data more easily.

Update on custom geographies

Custom geographies are still progressing at Statistics Canada. Nine out of 17 communities are finished, and the remainder are in sight. The delayed delivery appears to be due to a spike in custom orders at Statistics Canada over the past several months.

Preliminary update on communitydata.ca usage

At the 2013 Annual Meeting, we took stock of how users were using CDP data, and established five objectives for data usage for the 2013-2014 program year. With only three weeks remaining in 2013-2014, we've begun to look back and assess how well we did.*

Issue unzipping recently-catalogued data has been resolved

Several users reported issues unzipping 2011 Taxfiler and 2011 NHS tables from the communitydata.ca catalogue over the past three weeks. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. We've isolated the problem, and the current files appear to be unzipping properly.

New data in the catalogue for January 2014: 2011 Census and Taxfiler

There's plenty of new data in the catalogue, including 2011 Taxfiler data, and our first semi-custom Census topic-based tabulations. No, unfortunately that doesn't mean custom geographies (yet). Just Census tables at smaller geographies than are available on the Statistics Canada website.

Date set for upcoming webinar on NHS and Taxfiler data: April 10, 2014

We've begun organising a webinar on NHS and Taxfiler data with a focus on income. It will be an opportunity to discuss emerging good practice with respect to measuring poverty, assessing NHS quality, working with small-area income data, and using Taxfiler tables. Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Product Profile 2.3: Working with the NHS (and Census) - Part 2

In Part 2 of this Product Profile, we explain some of the issues associated with the voluntary nature of the NHS, and how to address them. We also show what some consortia have begun to do about NHS data quality, especially with respect to mapping the global non-response rate.

Product Profile 2.3: Working with the NHS (and Census) - Part 1

In Part 1 of this Product Profile, we explain some basic information about the 2011 NHS, (and 2011 Census while we're at it). First we provide descriptions of the standard geographies you're most likely to encounter with Census and NHS data.