Hi DB Experts! I'm a total newbie to databases and I could really use some help on this one...
A small department of our university frequently needs random samples from the general population for research purposes. Until now, this is done by manually select and export random addresses from the national phonebook cd-rom to address labels in ms-word. I've decided to try to automate this time-consuming work. For this, I've exported the national phonebook to a Mysql database (v.4.1). So now I have about 6M names and addresses (and of course, phonenumbers!) in a database. I’ve installed the Mysql ODBC driver and have ms access 2003. Only problem is, I don’t have any experience with access…
Here's what I'm trying to do: design a nice interface to get a (proportional) random sample from selected cities with a given sample size, and next export/convert this sample to address labels.
Required functionality: 1) selection of multiple cities 2) set sample size 3) option to make sample-parts proportional to city size 4) export to / make address labels (ms-word?)
I would appreciate any help to get me started on this. I don’t need a ‘cut and paste here’ solution (would be accepted though ;-), I’m willing to learn and experiment. So my question is: Where do I begin? How to get from this database to a working solution? Just the basic steps of the whole process… (I will post new questions if I can’t get a part this project to work)