eCensus grabs attention

Over 720,000 households used the Internet to return their Census form during the recent national survey, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This year's census for the first time allowed respondents to use the Web-based eCensus form to submit data to the ABS.

Over 720,000 households used the Internet to return their Census form during the recent national survey, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This year's census for the first time allowed respondents to use the Web-based eCensus form to submit data to the ABS. By 8am (AEST) today, over 720,000 households had submitted forms via the eCensus.

The peak period for the application came between 8pm and 9pm on August 8 (Census night), when 72,000 eCensus forms were submitted. Up to 55,000 households logged on simultaneously during this time.

Census day saw the application serve up more than 12.5 million page views.

Assistant director for the eCensus project, Peter Clark, said feedback on the eCensus was "very positive".

The application was custom-built by IBM using DB2 and WebSphere software.

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