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From: Jonathan Doig ([email protected])
Date: Mon Aug 11 2003 - 12:07:53 EST

You didn't mention the ANZLIC survey of ASDD (usage?) done a year or two ago, but I assume you'd also be using this feedback. My recollection of the main finding from that survey was that those who knew of the ASDD thought it was pretty good, but only a small minority of potential users actually knew about it.
Hence I'd suggest your main goal should be to increase usage. There are three things you might consider here:
1. Exposing the ASDD network content (ie ANZLIC records) to Google and other search engines. Each record should link back to the ASDD home page. If possible, this should be done in such a way that the pages are not exposed to spam crawlers, otherwise the most noticeable effect might be that all data custodians start getting spammed.

2. Facilitating links from other sites by offering a stable, simple, documented search API. Eg if I could offer our users an ASDD-wide search from a search form on the CANRI website, I would do so. The details of this API should be worked out with input from interested site managers.
3. Promotion (email, newsletters, adverts, articles, etc)
Regarding online linkages to ASDI services coming "some time later", I hope GA will take the lead in defining and implementing these in a national registry as part of the ASDI Action Plan being workshopped currently.
Will GA also seek formal input from ANZLIC jurisdictions before the ASDD upgrade?


Jonathan Doig
Program Director
Community Access to Natural Resources Information
Manager Natural Resource Information Coordination
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources
Ph: 02 9895 7781
Mobile: 0409 049185
Fax: 02 9895 7834
PO Box 3720 Parramatta NSW 2124

>>> <[email protected]> 11/08/2003 11:06:57 am >>>
Hi All,

First of all sorry for cross posting. (I want to
give everyone a chance to see this message.)


Now that the migration of the ASDD gateways, and
related interfaces, to
have been completed we are looking at how to improve
the ASDD. I encourage you to provide feedback on:

1. The ASDD home page,

2. The ASDD gateway search interfaces, and

3. The general ASDD web pages.

Please note that any changes made to the ASDD web
pages will take into account the following:

1. NOIE guidelines,

2. Accessibility guidelines,

3. The Australian Bureau of Statistics findings that:

    a) Less that five percent of Australian
       house holds have broad band.

5. The ASDD quarterly report findings that:

    a) More than 30% of Australian accesses
       could be from modems. IE. slow access.

    b) Less than 15% of searches are spatially

5. Integration to the ASDI web services will come
   some time later when an appropriate online link
   is officially accepted.

I will start consolidating the feedback on the 1st of
September 2003 so get your comments in by then! ;--)

Thanks for your time.

John Hockaday