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The research potential of administrative date: an illustrative example of the utility of register information in spatial analysis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Raybould, Emeritus Professor Mike Coombes


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Taking as their starting point the falling utility of government data sources for academic work, the authors seek to discuss possible alternatives. A brief overview of the problems of public data access is presented, and the current situation is outlined with examples, before a more detailed discussion is given of one particular area of growth-register information. The problems of analysing register data are discussed, and an example of a hereditament-based property register is presented in detail. This leads to a discussion of a Monte Carlo methodology as the most appropriate: the methodology is described in principle, before being applied to the exemplar data set. Last, the combination of a novel data set with this methodology is evaluated, and the 'real-world' question of whether Tyneside's light rail transit system, 'Metro', has influenced land-use change in the area is taken as an example.

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Author(s): Raybould SR, Coombes MG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design

Year: 1992

Volume: 19

Issue: 2

Pages: 131-142

Print publication date: 01/03/1992

ISSN (print): 0265-8135

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3417


DOI: 10.1068/b190131


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