Metadata Name Descriptions
Resource Name: Historical Business Listings from Sands & McDougall directories
Title: Historical Business Listings from Sands & McDougall directories
Anzlic ID: ANZVI0803005905
Custodian: Department of Environment, Land, Water & PlanningDepartment of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Abstract:
The Sands & McDougall dataset is for use on the Victoria Unearthed website and is available for download.

This dataset contains the business listings from selected years of the Sands & McDougall directories, a pre-cursor to the Yellow Pages.  

The dataset was created by digitising the business directories that were published at approximately 10 year intervals between 1896 and 1974.  The extracted information includes the business name, address and business type as listed in the Sands & McDougall directories. The extracted address information was subsequently geocoded to provide a point location that can be mapped using GIS software.

Additional information has been provided to allow the accuracy of the results to be evaluated with each record containing the data used at each stage of the data capture process; from the extraction from the directory to the final QA checks.
Search Words: Structure
Currency Date: 03 December 2021
Dataset Status: Completed
Progress: The complete dataset covers the entire state of Victoria. Due to the nature of the source material, the coverage is better in Metropolitan areas. Rural coverage is limited to town centres and specific years of publication.
Access Constraint:
This view is available for use in the Victoria Unearthed instance of the MapShare sites.  The information will be made available via data.gov.vic.au
Data Existence:
Metadata Name Descriptions
Resource Name: Historical Business Listings from Sands & McDougall directories
Title: Historical Business Listings from Sands & McDougall directories
Anzlic ID: ANZVI0803005905
Custodian: Department of Environment, Land, Water & PlanningDepartment of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Owner: Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Jurisdiction: Victoria
Abstract:
The Sands & McDougall dataset is for use on the Victoria Unearthed website and is available for download.

This dataset contains the business listings from selected years of the Sands & McDougall directories, a pre-cursor to the Yellow Pages.  

The dataset was created by digitising the business directories that were published at approximately 10 year intervals between 1896 and 1974.  The extracted information includes the business name, address and business type as listed in the Sands & McDougall directories. The extracted address information was subsequently geocoded to provide a point location that can be mapped using GIS software.

Additional information has been provided to allow the accuracy of the results to be evaluated with each record containing the data used at each stage of the data capture process; from the extraction from the directory to the final QA checks.
Search Words: Structure
Purpose:
The dataset is for display on the Victoria Unearthed website and is also provided for download.
Geographic Extent Polygon:
Geographic Bounding Box:
-34
141 150
-39
Beginning to Ending Date: 1896-01-01 - 1974-12-31
Maintainence and Update Frequency: As needed
Stored Data Format:
Available Format(s) Types:
Lineage:
Dataset Source: Sands and McDougall business directories.  All years, except 1896, are held as digital copies by the State Library of Victoria.
Available years in this dataset:  1896, 1925, 1974.

Dataset Originality: Primary
Positional Accuracy:
The positional accuracy of the records in this dataset is variable due to the nature of the source data.  

The dataset was created using an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process to extract the address and geocoding techniques to provide the position.  The positional accuracy is affected by the limitations inherent with these techniques.  Some issues such as changing street names, are exacerbated by the age of the records.
The Sands & McDougall directories were not consistent in the amount of information captured as the business "address".  In many cases, the "address" may only list the town or suburb for the business; more commonly for rural businesses.  Where-ever possible, all of the available information was used in the geocoding process.  
The precision of each record is limited to the suburb or town centre, section of road, or a property.

A percentage of records were manually verified against secondary source material to confirm the positional accuracy.

A modern (July 2018) property address, street or locality as defined by the VicMap Property, Transport or Admin datasets has been captured for all records.
Attribute Accuracy:
The attribute accuracy can be highly variable.  
Some attributes (such as business name, address and business type) have been captured by Optical Character Recognition (OCR).  The original OCR values are uncorrected and may include unprintable characters and other errors.  
Other data fields contain values as the record has been progressively corrected.
Logical Consistency:
                        
Data Source:
Dataset Source: Sands and McDougall business directories.  All years, except 1896, are held as digital copies by the State Library of Victoria.
Available years in this dataset:  1896, 1925, 1974.

Dataset Originality: Primary
Contact Organisation: Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Contact Position: Data Custodian
Address: 1/8 Nicholson Street East Melbourne Vic 3002 Australia
Telephone:
Facsimile:
Email Address: victoria.unearthed@delwp.vic.gov.au
Metadata Date: 2021-04-07
Additional Metadata:
                            
                              Related Documents: None
                            
                          
Column Name Obligation Unique Data Type Reference Table Comments
RETURNED_STREET_NAME O N VARCHAR2
UNIQUE_ID O N NUMBER
RETURNED_LOCALITY O N VARCHAR2
DIRECTORY O N NUMBER
ADOPTED_STREET_NAME O N VARCHAR2
RETURNED_STREET_TYPE O N VARCHAR2
BUSINESS_NAME O N VARCHAR2
VICMAPPRODUCT O N VARCHAR2
ANZSIC_SUBDIVISION_TITLE O N VARCHAR2
QA_STATUS O N VARCHAR2
QA_SOURCE O N VARCHAR2
ADDRESS O N VARCHAR2
ADOPTED_STREET_TYPE O N VARCHAR2
GEOCODE_RESULT_TYPE O N VARCHAR2
SLV_URL O N VARCHAR2
VICMAPADD O N VARCHAR2
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA O N BLOB
GEOCODE_PARTIAL_MATCH O N VARCHAR2
ADOPTED_LOCALITY O N VARCHAR2
ADOPTED_CORNER O N VARCHAR2
DIRECTORY_TS O N DATE
PAGE O N VARCHAR2
PREGEOCODE_STATUS O N VARCHAR2
ADOPTED_STREET_NO O N VARCHAR2
BUSINESS_TYPE O N VARCHAR2
QA_LOCATIONTYPE O N VARCHAR2
GEOCODE_LOCATION_TYPE O N VARCHAR2
QA_ISSUE O N VARCHAR2
POST_GEOCODE_LOCATION_QUALITY O N VARCHAR2
ANZSIC_SUBDIVISION O N NUMBER
GEOCODE_STATUS O N VARCHAR2
VICMAPPFI O N VARCHAR2
RETURNED_STREET_NO O N VARCHAR2