UNSIC Adopts DevInfo Database System for AHI Monitoring September

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					UNSIC Adopts DevInfo Database System for AHI Monitoring

(September 2006)

The H5N1 virus—a new strain causing highly pathogenic avian influenza—is on the threshold of exploding into a global human influenza pandemic. The UN has appointed a UN System Influenza Coordinator (UNSIC) to monitor the pandemic and launch concerted efforts for preparedness and preventive actions. To monitor the global pandemic—a complex, multi-sectoral and cross border challenge—the UNSIC has adopted the DevInfo database system. The system will help the UNSIC with quick and efficient data collection and support both global and national teams to formulate effeictive preparedness and response plans. It will also help in effective advocacy and public awareness through its powerful presentation wizards.

Web-based Data Capture
The Web based data collection enables capturing data through quick e-surveys. The data can then be instantaneously imported into a DevInfo compatible database using a data exchange utitlity. The online data collection and database creation eliminates the time consuming and error prone process of paper based survey. The online data capture is designed to record both qualitative and quantitative information. The respondent can type in the response or select from multiple choices to record the observation. The system allows to input data from multiple sources for the same indicator.

Intuitive Interface and Easy Data Query
The intuitive interface offers powerful, features to query and extract data from the database. The interface supports all six UN languages and is capable for supporting other languages. The toolbar has useful buttons for easy navigation and exporting the data view into multiple formats such as XLS, XML, HTML or PDF. The system helps users organize indicators by sectors, goals, or results based framework. It conforms to industry standards for storing metadata information for indicator definitions, data sources and digital maps. The metadata is stored in XML format for easy sharing across platforms.

Powerful Presentations and Reports
AHI Info can convert the data into effective communication objects such as tables, graphs and maps. With a few clicks, you can create a table using the table wizard and save the report format for reuse. The advanced mapping features help project more than one indicator at a time on the same map. It can also be used to produce map insets and to auto-generate time series maps. Thematic maps can be projected onto raster maps and buffers can be applied to features such as roads or health posts to extract more information and make better decisions.