This quick-start guide will help you get started using the AURIN Portal. Below, you will find a video guiding you through using the AURIN portal for the first time. The content is also written below in a printable form for reference. You can open the portal at this address: You will need to use Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

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If this is your first time visiting the portal, you will be greeted with the Australian Access Federation (AAF) login screen. If you have a login at an Australian university, you should already be able to access the portal by selecting your university from the drop-down list and using your regular login details. Some AURIN affiliate institutions also have access. If you are not in one of these groups, please select AAF Virtual Home.

Accessing AURIN: Logging In

This is the AURIN startup screen:
Screenshot 2014-04-01 12:02:18

On the right, you will see four panels:

  • ‘Select your area’
  • ‘Select your data’
  • ‘Analyse your data’; and
  • ‘Visualise your data’ panels.

For this example we will create a coloured map of the Perth Metropolitan Region and showing the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.

  1. To begin, we will focus on the Perth area with the Area Selection dialogue. Clicking on the ‘eye’ grey-eye brings up the Area Selection Dialogue box.
    Screenshot 2014-04-01 12:08:55

    Select the drop down menu to select ‘State and Territory’: Western Australia, then select ‘Statistical Division’: Perth, to focus on the Perth metropolitan region. When you see ‘Perth (sd/505)’ in the ‘Select your area’ panel, close this dialogue box.

  2. Open the Dataset browser in the ‘Select your data’ panel. The window is being populated with data from sources across Australia, pertaining to our selected geography. We want to find information about Diabetes, so we can enter this as a keyword.
    These datasets have been returned:
    Screenshot 2014-04-01 12:10:00
    Select ‘SLA Chronic disease (Synthetic prediction) 2007’ and the check the Available Attributes boxes for ‘Statistical Local Area Name and Type 2 diabetes (synthetic prediction) – Rate per 100. Click Add Dataset in the lower right corner of the dialogue box, click ‘Okay’ for the ‘A new date set is added’ dialogue box and you and you will notice it appear in the i’Select your data’ pane. You can click in the ‘eye’ to see the attribute table of the data we have just loaded.
  3. To visualise this data, go to the ‘Visualise your data’ panel and click on the ‘Maps
    Charts and Graphs’ button to open the Visualisations dialogue box. Choose Map Visualisations, and then Choropleth. Here we can give our map a descriptive name, select our dataset, the attribute we want to map, the classifier (choose ‘Natural Breaks’), number of classes and a colour set.
    Screenshot 2014-04-01 12:07:14
    Click the Add Visualisation button on the lower right corner of the dialogue and this visualisation will appear named in the Visualisations panel. Click on the eye and what you will see now a thematic map of the dataset displayed in the main window. If you hover the mouse over each geographic area you will see their name/label. Similarly, if you bring up the Data Cart again (by clicking on the eye) and hover over the entries, the map will be highlighted correspondingly.