Selecting your Area

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This page contains Information on how to select your area of investigation within the AURIN Portal

Introduction

Selecting an area of inquiry will allow you to discover, extract, analyse and visualise the data that you’re interested in.

When you log in to the portal, your project will start with Australia selected as your highest level of geography.

From here you can select the levels of geography you are interested in. There are two ways to do this, by clicking either of the options under the Area panel (shown below)

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Area Selection

Clicking on the Area Selection option under the Area panel will bring up the Area Selection pop-up box, which gives you three options of choosing your area of enquiry

1. Select

The Select area selection method is the default option, and will come up when you first start a new project (shown below). In this method, you move further and further down the geographies until you have found your area of inquiry. In the example below, we have moved down the options until we have come to the Melbourne – Inner SA4. You can also interact with the map itself at this stage, clicking on the areas, further breaking them down into their constituent parts. Clicking Done will close the browser and zoom the map to the level of geography that you have selected.

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2. Browse

The Browse area selection method is roughly similar to the Select In this method, you move further and further into the geographies until you have found your area of inquiry (shown below). In the example below, we have moved across the options until we have come to the Melbourne – Inner SA4. You can also interact with the map itself at this stage, clicking on the areas, further breaking them down into their constituent parts. Clicking Done will close the browser and zoom the map to the level of geography that you have selected.

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3. Search

If you just want to find your area of enquiry from a list of geographies, you can use the search button to do this. For example, we have typed Melbourne – Inner into the search button box of the area selection browser, and it has come back with all geographies that contain those words. Selecting the entry that you want and clicking Done will close the browser and zoom the map to the level of geography that you have selected.

There are three very important important things to remember when when selecting your level of geography using the Area Selection browser, and these are related to the concept of geographic aggregation hierarchies upon which most of statistical geographic data and information is based.

  • It is important that you select an area at a level of geography which is higher or larger than the level of data that you are actually interested in. For example, if you are interested at looking at data at the Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) aggregation, you should choose an area which is larger than SA2s – preferably something like SA4s or Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSAs)
  •  When you select a certain level of geography in the Select or Browse option, this will automatically restrict the levels of geography that you can select below that to those areas and boundaries which fit perfectly into that higher level of geography. For example, if you select States and Territories and then Statistical Area Level 4 , this will allow you to only select Statistical Area Level 3 because these are nested perfectly within Statistical Area Level 4. If you select States and Territories and then Local Government Areas (2006), this will allow you to only select either Statistical Local Areas or Collection Districts because these are perfect nested within Local Goverment Areas
  • Related to this, when you select a certain level of geography, this will automatically restrict the data sources that you can pull in from the Data browser. For example, if you decide that you are interested in looking at the Melbourne – Inner SA4 area of geography, when you search for data you will only be able to retrieve and view data that is Not Aggregatedor aggregated at SA4, SA3, SA2 or SA1 levels.

Bounding Box Selection

In addition to the Area Selection option, you can use the bounding box option to specify your area of enquiry.

To do this, click on the Bounding Box option under the Area panel. This will ‘activate’ the bounding box, which you can drag around and reshape, so that it’s where you want it and the size that you want it (shown below). The advantage to this method is that it does not then restrict the datasets that are available based on geographic hiearchies – every dataset that intersects or is within that box will come up in your Data search when you run it.

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