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The Development and Use Of Information Systems for Monitoring and Analysing Migration in Britain

Duke-Williams, Oliver William; (2004) The Development and Use Of Information Systems for Monitoring and Analysing Migration in Britain. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), University of Leeds. Green open access

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The thesis is concerned with the development and use of information systems for the analysis of migration data. The general aim of the thesis is to describe and develop a class of information system for handling British internal migration data. It is argued that there are characteristics and requirements of such a system that differentiate it from other information systems. A secondary aim is to review and describe major sets of British internal migration data, to describe problems that arise in using those data and how those problems can be addressed and finally to describe the information systems that have been used in conjunction with these data. The thesis describes two major sets of British internal migration data: the Special Migration Statistics (SMS) from the 1991 Census of Population, and the 1975-98 time series data derived from the National Health Service Central Register (NHSCR). The common and unique problems that exist with both data sets are discussed, together with approaches to overcoming those problems. Three themes are noted that cause difficulties when using migration data: the complexity of the data, incompleteness of data, and the sheer volume of data; these themes have been current in comments on the handling of migration data since at least the nineteenth century. The thesis also describes three migration information systems: TIMMIG for the NHSCR migration data, and SMSTAB and WICID for the SMS migration data. WICID has been developed in the thesis to become the most advanced migration information system available for the UK. This research has led to an integrated interactive migration information system that is flexible and includes built- in analysis capabilities. The research encompasses geography (in particular population and computational geography), web and interface development and database administration. The system permits migration analysis to be conducted in ways that were not previously feasible, and thus will further migration research within geography.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The Development and Use Of Information Systems for Monitoring and Analysing Migration in Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This thesis has been digitised by EThOS.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10160405
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