Design and implementation of the United Kingdom Mineral Statistics Database & a user interface

Tasong, W.A.; Coats, J.S.; Chapman, G.R.; Highley, D.E.; Hillier, J.A.. 2003 Design and implementation of the United Kingdom Mineral Statistics Database & a user interface. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 39pp. (CR/03/005N) (Unpublished)

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This report describes work carried out under a project entirely funded by the former Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) and latterly by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). The aims of the work, in addition to routine publication of annual statistics, was to completely review the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of United Kingdom mineral statistics, which has hitherto been done manually, using spreadsheets. Members of the user community were interviewed and their requirements in terms of the data needed and the form in which it should be delivered were ascertained. That survey indicated that access to the data by means of the Internet was at least as important as the publication of conventional hard-copy products and the work described in this report helps to meet that requirement. The annexes to this report detail the results of the work carried out. A database and a user interface have been designed and implemented using Microsoft Access 2000 software and loaded with selected UK mineral statistics data from the years 1972 to 2000. It has been tested using data obtained from the UK Minerals Yearbook 2000. The aim is to produce future editions of the annual publication United Kingdom Minerals Yearbook electronically from this database. New products will be developed from the database, which will facilitate dissemination of UK mineral statistics via the Internet using the Minerals: Britain and the World site set up under the DTI/ Minerals Programme. Chief benefits include increased efficiency, improved quality, lower maintenance costs and the potential to increase income.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Economic Minerals
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed, but not externally peer-reviewed.
Date made live: 23 Mar 2020 11:04 +0 (UTC)

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