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World Trade Data a survey of online and CDROM sources

World Trade Data a survey of online and CDROM sources The WHDB Welthandels Datenbank World Trade Database of the BWK Austrian Federal Economic Chamber is a specialised information service which provides Austrian firms, companies and governmental institutions with information and data about worldwide commodity trade statistics. Its second function is to be a leading source for introducing new information media into the department, such as developing a company profile CDROM. Only a few parameters are of crucial significance in describing a request for information in the field of import and export statistics. Nevertheless the process of choosing the right source to satisfy the user's demand is often rather tricky and very dependent on experience and skill. In the process of reorganising this information service from a rigid, programmed, hostoriented inhouse data service of the early 1980s to a customeroriented information service for the 1990s, using online and CDROM sources, a number of investigations were made to locate the relevant sources and to evaluate their significance for this service. As a result, a survey of sources of statistical import and export data will be presented. Another result is the perception that attributes like accuracy, precision and individual tuning have priority over offering large amounts of data, automation and sophisticated statistical methods. We concluded with a model of a combined system using internal sources for automatic explorations and external sources for accuracy and flexibility. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Online Review Emerald Publishing

World Trade Data a survey of online and CDROM sources

Online Review , Volume 16 (4): 20 – Apr 1, 1992

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0309-314X
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10.1108/eb024403
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Abstract

The WHDB Welthandels Datenbank World Trade Database of the BWK Austrian Federal Economic Chamber is a specialised information service which provides Austrian firms, companies and governmental institutions with information and data about worldwide commodity trade statistics. Its second function is to be a leading source for introducing new information media into the department, such as developing a company profile CDROM. Only a few parameters are of crucial significance in describing a request for information in the field of import and export statistics. Nevertheless the process of choosing the right source to satisfy the user's demand is often rather tricky and very dependent on experience and skill. In the process of reorganising this information service from a rigid, programmed, hostoriented inhouse data service of the early 1980s to a customeroriented information service for the 1990s, using online and CDROM sources, a number of investigations were made to locate the relevant sources and to evaluate their significance for this service. As a result, a survey of sources of statistical import and export data will be presented. Another result is the perception that attributes like accuracy, precision and individual tuning have priority over offering large amounts of data, automation and sophisticated statistical methods. We concluded with a model of a combined system using internal sources for automatic explorations and external sources for accuracy and flexibility.

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Online ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1992

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