An assessment of potential data sources to indicate seasonal de facto population change: a case study of Darwin

Thomas Wilson, Andrew Taylor, Huw Brokensha, Kerstin Zander

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Abstract

Background
Nearly all official population statistics in Australia refer to the population usually resident in an area. But for many government, business and research uses it would be helpful to have data on the de facto population (the population actually present in an area at any one time) and how it varies seasonally. Unfortunately there are no statistics available for this definition of population.
Aims
This report evaluates 12 data sources to establish whether they could act as useful proxy indicators of the de facto population in Darwin local government area and how it varies throughout the year.
Data and methods
Each data source was evaluated against a set of criteria which the ideal data source would satisfy.
Results
Many of the data sources offer partial pictures of the de facto population in Darwin, but none are perfect. The best data source, at least conceptually, is the Telstra mobile device-based population numbers, but rubbish collection data and visitor estimates also offer some promise.
Conclusion
Further work is required to investigate the most promising data sources in more detail. This involves determining if the Telstra data can be obtained, whether more detail is available from the rubbish collection and visitor data sets, and investigating geocoded social media data.
LanguageEnglish
PublisherCharles Darwin University Press
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 4 May 2017

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An assessment of potential data sources to indicate seasonal de facto population change: a case study of Darwin. / Wilson, Thomas; Taylor, Andrew; Brokensha, Huw; Zander, Kerstin.

Charles Darwin University Press, 2017. 34 p.

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