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CANSIM: small terminology change (and no killer robots from the future)

Published January 30, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

A quick heads-up for all you super-CANSIM users (I'm sure you know who you are by that description!): As of today, Statistics Canada has replaced the label "Terminated" on all ceased data series with the label "Archived."

In their words...

According to the directive, archived web content is information that is no longer current but is retained on the website for reference or to provide context to current content.
 
Data tables are archived

  • when there is a concept or methodology change and a break in the time series is introduced; or
  • when there are updates to indexes or classifications; or
  • when the data product is significantly re-configured/re-structured.

A minor change, of course, but I for one am happy to see it. I always felt a bit sad and frustrated when I hit the wall of a terminated time series at the end of a long search. Archived holds out a promise of ongoing (though not updated) access and of enduring value.  Plus it doesn't invoke the image of a killer robot from the future chasing me... 

Happy Monday!

-- MarkB
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Mark Bodnar
Economics & Business Librarian
mbodnar@sfu.ca

P.S.: This change doesn't appear to have been implemented yet in the CHASS version of CANSIM available for SFU researchers , but it has happened for the free/public version.

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