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In this issue: Product Profile for Taxfiler data · Data acquisition update
Working Poverty Measure · ENVISION booking · Call-out for data use cases
Drupal migration · Update on terms of use
Volume 2, Issue 3
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MAKING it COUNT
Latest news from the Community Data Program Team

Product Profile 2.2: Taxfiler data

T1-derived data (known commonly as "Taxfiler" data) from the Income Statistics Division of Statistics Canada is an increasingly important source of Canada-wide small-area income data.  This year we tried to make the data easier to user with:
  • Better metadata
  • Clearly-presented variable names
  • Information on geographic scales
  • Smaller Excel files
Furthremore, we've designed a simple Product Profile to guide you through a sample Taxfiler table that has already been in high demand:  Family Data Table 18, After-tax low income (based on the Low Income Measure, or LIM).
Check out the Product Profile!

Data acquisition update (Schedule B): Census/NHS, 2012 Permanent Resident Landings, 2010 Taxfiler

We acquired and catalogued several new datasets over the summer, and have initiated orders for several more this fall.  New in the catalogue, you'll find the following tables: We've initiated orders for 2011 Census Topic-Based Tabulations and NHS Profiles at the CT and DA level.  These include geographic units with a GNR greater than 50%.  Regardless, a GNR will be provided for each geographic unit.  We are also expecting 2011 Taxfiler data this fall. 

Next steps include more complex NHS orders: Urban Poverty Project (which will include non-urban areas), Target Group Profiles, Topic-Based Tabulations, non-UPP custom tabulations, Place of Work data, and Commuter Flow data.

For an updated listing of products that we have acquired and plan to acquire this program year, please consult Schedule B.

Working Poverty: Defining a Measure for the Community Data Program

This year we would like to review past practice and open up a conversation about the most useful measure of working poverty to include. Several different definitions of working poverty have been used in recent years, including John Stapleton’s work for the Metcalf Foundation in Toronto. Read more ...

Contact: Katherine Scott (scott@ccsd.ca)

New system for booking ENVISION licenses

ENVISION is a tool that allows non-GIS experts to generate basic maps and reports with standard Census/NHS data. There's also an option to use Environics Analytics' adjusted Census/NHS, which models suppressed values. If you're interested in using it, check out our new system for allocating ENVISION licenses amongst CDP membership. Read more ...

Have you used CDP data? Let us know how it went!

Have you used CDP data for analysis? To publish something? Because you love data? Let us know. We're seeking use cases of CDP data for three reasons: (1) to better understand what data are useful how they're used; (2) to market the program to prospective organisations; and (3) to show off your work on the CDP website. Read more ...

Drupal 7 migration or, Why communitydata.ca looks different now

Over the summer we migrated communitydata.ca from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. (Drupal is a content management system, or CMS that lets non-web developers to create content, like this blog post.) Drupal 6 and its security updates will soon be going the way of the dodo; we migrated to Drupal 7 to ensure the site remains safe. Read more ...

Data terms of use (Schedule C): Users must agree to new terms upon registration or first login after Labour Day

Since Labour Day, registered users of communitydata.ca have been required to accept the new terms of data use (Schedule C) upon their first login.  New users must accept the terms when signing up for an account.  If you'd like to view the new terms, please consult Schedule C in the Resources section of the Community Data Program website.
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