The Australian Bureau of Statistics Statistical Language! product is an educational resource explaining basic statistical terms so as to help people understand and use statistics. This product is now being redesigned to include an expanded list of concepts, user friendly explanations, and better use of available technology to make the learning experience more engaging and interactive.
As well as providing official statistics, the ABS has an important role in building the statistical capability of the community so that the data we release can be used more effectively. We believe that the current Statistical Language! product could be improved to explain common statistical concepts in a way which is more informative, engaging and easier to understand.
We have developed a prototype of some new concept pages that reflect the proposed changes to the design, navigation, and content to improve the product's usefulness and would welcome your views about the new "look and feel". Note that we have moved away from simply presenting an alphabetical list of terms to an approach where concepts are grouped and then explained, including the intended use of animations or videos. You will still be able to select a term based on an alphabetical list for those you know exactly what concept they wish to better understand.
The feedback that you provide during the second stage of the beta phase (ending 12 August 2011) will enable us to release the revamped product on World Statistics Day 2011 (October 20).