Epi Info

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Epi Info

With Epi Info™ and a personal computer, epidemiologists and other public health and medical professionals can rapidly develop a questionnaire or form, customize the data entry process, and enter and analyze data. Epidemiologic statistics, tables, graphs, and maps are produced with simple commands such as READ, FREQ, LIST, TABLES, GRAPH, and MAP. Epi Map displays geographic maps with data from Epi Info™.

Epi Info™ for Windows retains many features of the familiar Epi Info™ for DOS, while offering Windows ease of use strengths such as point-and-click commands, graphics, fonts, and printing.

Key Features of Epi Info™

Maximum compatibility with industry standards, including:
Microsoft Access and other SQL and ODBC databases
Visual Basic, Version 6
World Wide Web browsers and HTML
Extensibility, so that organizations outside CDC can produce additional modules
Epi Report, a tool that allows the user to combine Analysis output, Enter data and any data contained in Access or SQL Server and present it in a professional format. The generated reports can be saved as HTML files for easy distribution or web publishing.
Epi Map, an ArcView®-compatible GIS
NutStat, a nutrition anthropometry program that calculates percentiles and z-scores using either the 2000 CDC or the 1978 CDC/WHO growth reference
Logistic regression and Kaplan-Meier survival analysis
Data Compare does double data entry comparison
Epi Lock password protects, encrypts, and compresses Epi Info™ data
Teaching exercises
Allows analysis and import of other file types

(source: official website)

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Used worldwide for the rapid assessment of disease outbreaks
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Latest Version: 3.5.1 released on August 18, 2008
Version 7 is currently in development as an open-source project, written using Microsoft's C# .NET programming language. Both the Windows and Linux operating systems are supported. Source code distribution and contribution currently takes place through Codeplex. Unlike previous versions of Epi Info, however, version 7 will come in one of two flavors: The CDC Edition and the Community Edition. The Community Edition will be edited and modified by the community at large, while the CDC Edition will be maintained by the Epi Info development team. Over time, the CDC Edition will incorporate changes and improvements that have been made to the Community Edition and put them through CDC's software verification process. CDC approval will ensure that the CDC Edition can be authorized for installation on U.S. government computer systems.
MySQL and SQL Server databases will be supported as the database backends for version 7, in addition to the traditional Microsoft Access database format. Users will also have the option of storing metadata separately from the data itself; for example, one might store the questionnaire in an XML file, while storing collected data in a MySQL database. A conversion utility will allow existing Epi 3 projects to be made compatible with version 7.
Initially, only the MakeView, Enter, and Analysis modules will be available with Epi Info 7. Epi Map, Epi Report, and the ability to edit the menu will be added later.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi_Info)

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The application is supported by both a community and the U.S. Center for Disease Control

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