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

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Wed Jul 6 03:55:45 CDT 2011

On Wed, Jul 06, 2011 at 01:12:03AM +0200, epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca wrote:
> Epidata is by far the best (and cheapest!) data entry program I've used in years.  I use it for all my projects except for our large surveys for which we use opscan technology,  and I recommend it when asked for recommendations.  The seamless lay-out to check file to entry to export cannot be beat.
> A colleague recently told me that there is now a free cloud-based entry system being used by epidemiologists.  I can see that a cloud format would have advantages in certain contexts.  He couldn't, however, remember what it's called.  Are any others aware of such a program?

I've used surveymonkey[1] for some very small projects and looked at hosting lime survey[2] for a larger project. That said, I agree with Jens: what is needed is an analysis of needs and how different options meet different needs. Epidata is definitely easier and a better choice for most of my needs. 

One idea that has been rolling around the back of my head is using the epidata XML file to create a web-based data entry system, e.g. converting the logic contained in the XML file to PHP or other code, creating a mysql database and importing the data into mysql. Then also exporting it all again back to an epidata XML file. Potentially epidata could then be used as a quick and easy way to create a web-based data entry system. Perhaps something to think about around version 2.0 (i.e. not right now).

[1] www.surveymonkey.com
[2] http://www.limesurvey.org/


David Whiting, PhD | Senior Epidemiology  & Public Health Specialist
tel +32-2-6437945 | mob +32-496-266436 | David.Whiting at idf.org

International Diabetes Federation
166 Chaussée de La Hulpe, B-1170 Brussels, Belgium
tel +32-2-5385511 | fax +32-2-5385114
info at idf.org | www.idf.org | VAT BE 0433.674.528

IDF | Promoting diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide

More information about the EpiData-list mailing list