[EpiData-list] EpiData data entry competitors. Where are they?

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Tue Jul 5 15:54:20 CDT 2011

Dear all

It is fine with me to discuss alternatives to EpiData Entry etc. on the 
list her, but before we get too many suggestions I would like to ask 
those replying to declare which interests (money wise or otherwise) they 
have on the software they describe.

My only filter is that I suggest to only discuss open-source and or 
free-ware alternatives.

It makes little sense to compare commercial software with large staff 
for development with alternatives such as EpiData financed on whatever 
funding can be attracted and is on a small scale.

Someone might disagree with this, but then discuss functionality in a 
general way. What we need as professionals is functionality suitable to 
the needs, we do not need large license fees, patents etc. Just try to 
open adobe reader for pdf files and see the number of patents shown.

The best option is if someone writes a proper research article in which 
the softwares are compared in relation to many aspects such as:
a. stability
b. number and relevance of options
c. availability in price and delivery
d. speed
e. time to install and get to work
f. time and possibility to recreate a "broken" database
g. the demands in terms of manpower and skills of database people to run 
the system
h. which formal types of data can be securely managed - e.g. sensitive 
health data
i. format and degree of openness of the data file format
...... add to the list....


Jens Lauritsen
EpiData Association
- obvious interest in software types

On 2011-07-05 16:34, epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca wrote:
> Hello.
> Dr. Pedro Emmanuel, I think you should look for CsPro software.
> http://www.census.gov/population/international/software/cspro/
> It has been widely used in most of the under developped countries for ten
> years.
> It has large capacities and is used to type census data.
> It is also used for most of the Demographic&  Health Surveys (DHS) in the
> institutes of statistics.
> It has a large set of programming capabilities and a high security
> management system.
> I usually use epidata for small data entries but what require more expertise
> I prefer CsPro or Relational DBMS...
> Kind regards.

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