I'll be running a course in Vietnam on questionnaire design and data
management. As part of the course I'm thinking of adding a session on
EpiData. Can anyone answer the following question: How do people in
non-English speaking countries manage with EpiData? I don't mind the
menus being in English because a translation of the menus into
Vietnamese can be handed out to participants. What may be an issue is
entering Vietnamese characters into the QES file and text fields. If
Vietnamese characters are entered into the QES file, will they be
displayed in the REC file? Also can field names contain Vietnamese
characters or must these be English letters?
Also, what is the forecast for the release of EpiData Manager and
EpiData EntryClient in the completed stage, i.e. with checks and GCP in
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I'm now testing the linux version of EpiData Manager and EpiData
Entry. The following suggestions would be useful:
1) When copy/paste of a text from an UPPERCASE field to a lowercase
field it would be nice to automatically convert the text case on the
destination corresponding field.
2) When importing from rec files the conversion don't reflect the rec
created before on the stable version of EpiData. There are some
differences between the names of the fields. Only a few labels appears
and the ranges of inputs doesn't appears.
3) It would be great to finish the interface of the check commands and
later the RELATE function for relational databases.
4) For future translations it would be good to build an interface, as
stable EpiData has. Just with a file containing the translation in
cuestion would be an easy alternative. Although, when EpiData will be
released under Open or Free philosophy of source code, the
translations can be done directly. I can help on a Spanish version on
5) As someone told on other moment an interface with other statistical
analysis package would be great, as the R Statistical Computing. Also
the new GPX or GPZ files will need interfaces to communicate with R,
with the "foreign" package under R.
Omar Bautista González
- Colaborador en autogestión comunitaria desde República Dominicana
Can epidata safely handle multiple users entering data into a single recfile at the same time?
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I have tested EpiData manager and EpiData entry client.
First : congratulations for this great job! It will be hard to forget the .qes .chk .rec system, but xml is a good choice for the future!
Bug report and suggestions (I work on a PC with windows 7) :
1/ Entry client :
- when entering a date without "/", the first slash is automatically inserted (like in EpiData entry), but not the second one, and a blank grey screen appears after pressing tab or enter. This screen disappears when pressing ESC
-is a search function planned ?
- Moving fields or headings does not seem easy once they are created. Actually I can't find how to do it !
- A double click on an item should open the properties window
- edition of the value labels is not intuitive. For example, it took me a long time to understand that I had to press enter to insert a new line
- in value label edition : the image of the edited value label disappears when it is selected (first column on the left)
- I created a new project and tried to enter new value labels : I could insert new lines but could not fill the "value" and "label" columns : they became blank after entering text and pressing enter
That's all for now!
Pascal THIBON, MD
CHU Caen, Normandie
As you all know we are approaching the change from the EpiData Entry
released first time in 1999 to the updated and modernised EpiData
Manager and EpiData EntryClient
The main reasons for change have been published previously here on the
list. Among these are needs for adaptation to modern data quality
standards and in medical research projects the increasing demands for
documentation in the form of so called Good Clinical Practice
principles. More on this later.
Today we have released major revisions the EpiData Manager and EpiData
_*Major changes for both programs:*_
* Define *valuelabels* for a project. This includes definition and
changes at file and field level.
* Implementation of *range* for a field, which may also be combined
with value labels
* Users can save pdf files with instructions in a specified folder.
Those present in that folder will be shown in the help menu
"tutorials". This means that without programming you can create
your own set of instruction materials.
* Automatic timed back-up features during design and entry
* Modernised design, e.g. showing recently used files.
* Independent Value Label editor.
* "Show Structure" form informing about contents and definitions in
* Statusbar more informative. dded possibility to store the
positions of open forms.
* Use "+" or F9 to show defined value labels. Based on input a guess
is made within the list.
* Auto ID (IDnum) fields work and can have specified initial value.
* Floating fields now show full number of defined decimals.
Please test the released software. With the software introduction
documents are included and updated versions will be placed on the
testing page of EpiData.
Find all of this at: Http://www.epidata.dk/testing.php
Please do report on this list of how you find the new versions. We are
approaching first release and I am aware that many courses in the coming
months rely on good and stable function of the new versions.
All programming done by full time employed Torsten Christiansen.
Possible due to donations as indicated on http://www.epidata.dk/funding.htm
(donations are required for continued development)
Thank you Jamie for your solution. I didn't know "iif" command in Analysis.
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Thank you for your reply, but I specify my problem:
- Variables in the questionnaire
- In CHECK file (or ANALYSIS)
mean4 = (var1+var2+var3+var4)/4
- But sometimes, var2, for example, can fail (blank):
in this case, "mean4" is the sum (Var1 to var4) divided by 3!
- My question is, how to count automatically (CHECK or ANALYSIS)
the number of variables (var1 to var4) not missing?
Thank you for your help.
B. BRANGER, Nantes, France