Q: What is CensusInfo?

A: CensusInfo is a database system that provides a method to organize, store and display data in a uniform format to facilitate census data sharing at the country level across government departments and UN agencies using the same system. CensusInfo has been adapted from DevInfo database technology, which in turn was originally adapted from UNICEF ChildInfo database technology. CensusInfo is an integrated desktop and web-enabled tool to assist countries in their census data dissemination. It has simple and user-friendly features that can be used to produce tables, graphs and maps for inclusion in reports, presentations and advocacy materials. Database administrators can add their own sets of national, regional and local indicators to their databases.


Q: Who stands behind CensusInfo?

A: CensusInfo has been developed by the United Nations Statistics Division, in partnership with UNICEF and UNFPA, as part of the World Population and Housing Census Programme. More information can be obtained here.


Q: Who should use CensusInfo?

A: The software package CensusInfo has been developed to help countries disseminate their census results at any relevant geographical level, on CD-ROM and on the web. As such, National Statistics Offices or any other responsible governmental department are the prime candidates to create a country-specific CensusInfo application. Once this application is online or distributed via CD-ROMs, anyone can use CensusInfo to query and retrieve census information.


Q: Where can I obtain a copy of CensusInfo?

A: You can obtain a free copy from the Downloads page.


Q: What is the vision for CensusInfo?

A: CensusInfo will contribute to setting universal standards for data storage, access and dissemination of national census data. The long-term vision for CensusInfo is for the system to make a major contribution to strengthening the processes at country level for the use of census data for monitoring, planning and advocacy.


Q: Is CensusInfo customizable to country specific situations?

A: Yes. CensusInfo provides a module that allows, within certain limits, the customization of the system to country-specific requirements, including the name of the system, images, graphics, logos and colour scheme. A second module allows for all language elements of the system to be customized. This module also provides support for local languages. Finally, and most importantly, the content of CensusInfo can be customized to country-specific requirements. Through the CensusInfo Database Administration application, you can add new indicators and customize the metadata for each indicator.


Q: Can CensusInfo be used to produce standard census reports?

A: CensusInfo has a feature which allows the user to generate data reports. CensusInfo provides simple facilities for querying the database and producing tables, graphs and maps for inclusion in reports and exporting these to other software applications.


Q: What modules make up the CensusInfo software package?

A: CensusInfo comes in three separate applications:

1) CensusInfo User application
(2) CensusInfo Database Administration application
(3) CensusInfo Web application


Q: What technology does CensusInfo use?

A: CensusInfo is developed using Microsoft .NET technology.


Q: What are the recommended software prerequisites for CensusInfo to work on my computer?

A: Microsoft Windows XP. (Microsoft Office XP is recommended but not required.)


Q: How many geographic levels can be supported by CensusInfo?

A: CensusInfo supports an un-limited number of levels of geographical coverage, from the global level to regional, sub-regional, national and sub-national levels down to sub-district and village levels.


Q: Can data be exported from CensusInfo?

A: Yes. CensusInfo data can be exported to XLS, HTML, PDF, CSV and XML files.


Q: Can data be imported into CensusInfo?

A: Yes. Data can be imported from spreadsheets in a standardized format. CensusInfo has a data exchange module for importing data from industry-standard statistics software packages.


Q: Will technical support and training be provided for CensusInfo?

A: Yes, the UN system is committed to support CensusInfo through UN Country Teams and the DevInfo Support Group. Please click here for more information about technical support and training.


Q: What's new in the latest release?

A: In the latest CensusInfo release – both User and Data Admin applications -- you will find significant improvements in the method of importing census data into CensusInfo databases, as well as new subgroup selection methods and new presentation objects. Highlights include the following:

Easier import of census data

A new data exchange utility – DX Import CSV Census - greatly simplifies the import of processed census data directly into a CensusInfo template or database. This utility makes the data entry process much more efficient and far less error prone.

Improved data entry features

The CensusInfo Data Admin application has been enhanced to allow greater flexibility in modifying and deleting data series, indicators and census years.

New presentation objects

In addition to standard tables, graphs and maps, the CensusInfo User application now allows you to generate frequency tables, population pyramids and histograms.

Revised metadata categories

The latest CensusInfo release features revised metadata categories, customized to fit the needs of entering metadata for standard census indicators.

New report features

The CensusInfo User application allows you to create and generate standard and user-defined census table reports and profiles in just a few clicks.

Streamlined subgroup selection

The CensusInfo User application contains a streamlined subgroup selection process, simplifying the process of searching for and selecting subgroups.

Reduced learning curve

The enhanced user interface of CensusInfo User Application contains an updated Data Wizard, enabling first-time users to easily access data and generate presentation objects with minimal training.

Improved performance

CensusInfo User Application executes tasks faster as compared to previous versions, particularly on large data sets.




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