[EpiData-list] New EpiData Manager ready for (next) test

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Fri Jan 22 06:45:48 CST 2010

Is it possible to try the new version without the trial version
overwriting/deleting your " old" epidata program?

Jannik Helweg-Larsen

2010/1/22  <epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca>:
> The EpiData Data Manager will gradually replace the existing EpiData Entry
> software as development goes on.
> Why change to EpiData Manager ?
> Since release of first EpiData software in 1999 many aspects have changed.
> The main reasons for development of the new strategy are:
> • New users are increasingly ”graphicly” oriented and focused on mouse
> usage. ◦ not understanding the well known qes-chk-rec principle
> • There is a need for multiplatform development (Linux, Mac, Windows, PDA
> …..)
> • Font management is changing to UTF-8 to avoid nationalisation problems
> • We wish to implement GCP (Good Clinical Practice) required for many
> medical data projects. This demands encryption and logging of editing at a
> very detailed level.
> • There should be a common ”engine” for all EpiData software, such that
> handling of data and metadata (labels etc.) are based on the same internal
> routines.
> • When doing data entry it should not be immediately easy to change rules or
> structure for data entry personnel. Therefore a dedicated EpiData
> EntryClient will be developed – serving only data entry.
> How will a project manager see the new strategy ?
> The work process is more clearly divided into what the manager does and what
> the data entry persons do. The EpiData Manager is a tool for the project
> person, which:
> • Defines data structures, adds metadata (labels and definitions), documents
> data and exports for analysis.
> • Updates data with new fields, changed formats for fields (e.g. More
> decimals) and is used for control of data.
> • There is a choice of using computers with either Linux, Mac or Windows
> A short introduction document is found next to where the test application
> can be downloaded. See http://www.epidata.dk/testing.php
> Apart from fixing many bugs, the new version now includes an editor, a
> revised interface and allows for pasting from a qes file or the editor.
> Next phase is to add checks and develop the Entry Client.
> For the planning please comment on the new release, which includes an
> editor. Also we should have a discussion on which are the "core" check
> commands that almost everyone uses and which are enhanced.
> regards
> Jens Lauritsen
> EpiData Association
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