[EpiData-list] How to package Epidata Software with desired data entry files

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Tue Apr 8 12:42:29 CDT 2008

Hi there,

I am embarking on a project to keep an in-patient child admissions/discharge database in all district hospitals in our Province. I have designed the database and created data entry files (QES|CHK|REC|EIX) and put them into a folder (IPDatabase). Now what I wish to do is package this folder into the EpiData Entry|Analysis software (*.exe setup files); so that the users could just click the installation and have the software installed in a default WinXP Program directory directly, and with this would go the IPDatabase folder with all the data entry files. 
1. The user (data capturer) will then start data entry by going to the folder to pick up the .REC file in the IPDatabase folder, but first he will have to start up Epidata Entry..
2 Or create a desktop shortcut that will directly link up with the data entry process; without even staritng up the EpiData Entry software--desired outcome

Why am I doing this?--well, I have users who have difficulties understanding difference between installation of the software and using the data entry file. One precess that will get the objectives met: capture data without having to think about the process.

I hope this is a possibility?

Many thanks in advance.


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