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ARGENTINA: Quality of Life R+ database used for San Carlos de Bariloche educational and other local analyses. The Quality of Life Programme of the Bariloche Foundation has generated an integrated Redatam-Plus database for the city of San Carlos de Bariloche. In the first stage, a database was designed and created with information from the National Population Censuses of  1980 and 1991 and from the Demographic and Educational Census of 1985 (carried out in the province of Río Negro). Then information was added for the educational sector, in particular that derived from the official worksheets that educational establishements have to complete periodically; these records contain data on matriculation, numbers of students by age, sex, course, repetition status and place of birth, along with variables related to each establishment and to its teaching and non-teaching staff. At the same time, base maps were prepared to use with PopMap, taking advantage of the interface with Redatam-Plus. The largest geographical areas considered correspond to the ejido Municipal de San Carlos de Bariloche, while the smallest area is the radio censal. Schools are "exactly" mapped.

One of the first applications of the system was for the studies: Demographic dynamics and conditions in San Carlos de Bariloche (S. Acevedo y F. Del Popolo, Fundación Bariloche-CONICET, Argentina, July 1994) and Education in San Carlos de Bariloche: recent tendencies (Fabiana Del Popolo, Fundación Bariloche-CONICET, Argentina, May 1996). At present the database is being used for studies of structural poverty under the direction of C. Alberto Abaleron.

In the near future, the database will be converted to winR+, an interface will be created to the ArcInfo GIS which is being acquired, and new data will be added to the database, focusing particularly on local developmental studies and diagnostics. It is important to mention that the database is not only used for systematic studies by the Bariloche Foundation, but has been a very useful tool for creating diagnostics for Social Programmes (e.g., the Maternal and Child Health Programme), as well as for answering questions from diverse local institutions.

Fabiana Del Popolo
Programa de Calidad de Vida de Funación Bariloche
Casilla de Correo 138, (8400) San Carlos de Bariloche, ARGENTINA
Tel/Fax: (54 944) 22050
e-mail: faubus@bariloche.com.ar
July 1998

ARGENTINA: 1991 CENSUS DATABASE IN THE POPULATION SUB-SECRETARIAT. Within the framework of a project to strengthen the capacity of the Government with respect to demographic information and the management of migration, the Sub-Secretaria de Población created a Redatam-Plus database of the 1991 Population and Housing Census of Argentina. This was completed in March 1996 with the data made available from the National Statistical Office (INDEC) of Argentina and with technical assistance from CELADE.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


BOLIVIA: REDATAM-PLUS AND EduPlan IN MUNICIPAL PLANNING COURSES. The use of Redatam-Plus with GIS for local development was taught to professionals during the post-graduate course A Diplomado en Análisis y Diagnóstico de Municipios Territoriales organized by the Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios (CEBEM), La Paz. Similar training was also provided in the equivalent post-graduate course in the Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios (CESU) of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in the city of Cochabamba. In both, a demonstration was also given of the winR+GIS decision support tool for local educational planning, EduPlan, then under development at the University of Waterloo.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


BRAZIL: REDATAM DATABASES FOR CENSUS OF 1991 AND THE CENSUS COUNT OF 1996. The national statistical office (IBGE) has constructed two Redatam databases for all Brazil, one with data of the census questions asked of the entire universe, and the second, with the data from questions asked of the sample. Each is around 1.6 gigabytes.

IBGE also has made a Redatam database from the census count carried out in 1996 with a small number of questions.

Ari Silva
Email: arisilva@ibge.gov.br
August 1998

BRAZIL: VARIOUS DATASETS PLACED IN REDATAM DATABASES. The IBGE has created a number of non-census databases including the:
--National household surveys with the data of 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 (there was no national survey in 1994).
--Vital Statistics for the years 1989 to 1995 covering all Brazil, including births, deaths, fetal deaths, and marriages.
--Monthly Unemployment surveys.
--Demographic and Health surveys
of 1986, 1991 and 1996.

Ari Silva
Email: arisilva@ibge.gov.br
August 1998

BRAZIL: LOCATION OF SITES FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. The Regional Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Santiago, Chile, is examining the feasibility and financing of a software tool to help select sites that are considered socio-economically apt for sustainable agriculture. The pilot version will utilize the agricultural census of a state in Brazil and population and housing census data that will be managed, in part, by a system, tentatively titled "ZonTierra", that will use winR+ with a ZonPlan-like user interface. The work will be done by FAO, a Brazilian university and CELADE.

May 1998

BRAZIL: IPPUR DATABASE FOR THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF RIO. The Instituto de Planejamento Urbano e Regional (IPPUR) of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro created a database with data from the 1980 and 1991 demographic censuses, the 1981 and 1990 household surveys of the National Statistical Office (IBGE) and a survey conducted by IPPUR on the construction of housing. This is part of a project to analyze recent changes in the socio-spatial structure of large cities.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


CHILE: CD-ROM "La Industria Manufacturera en Chile". The National Statistical Institute is making available, to national and international users, the CD-ROM with data from the Annual Industrial Survey (ENIA), which the INE carries out each year in more than 5,000 establishments with 10 or more workers. The CD contains a large number of high quality statistical tables, together with the corresponding databases at the microdata level for the years 1995,1996 and 1997.
In addition to the databases, the CD-ROM includes an application from the REDATAM software family that allows users to make their own tabulations of the data for variables of their specific interest by year and user-defined geographical areas.[more information]

Alejandra Silva
April 2000

CHILE: ANALYSIS OF "CAMPAMENTOS". The Ministry of Housing and Urbanism (MINVU) has carried out a socio-demographic characterization of the inhabitants of all the "campamentos" (shanty town and other irregular settlemens) in Chile. The information was compiled at the national, regional, municipal (comunas) and settlement levels. The work, which is part of the government anti-poverty program, used winR+ with the 1992 census database of Chile, created earlier with REDATAM-Plus (DOS) shortly after the census was processed.

It might be noted that, although the MINVU decided to directly define the "campamento" status of each settlement, CELADE, which cooperated on the project, developed an algorithm using winR+ to automatically locate a given number of more of adjacent dwellings with a defined set of characteristics. Once defined these can then be studied in depth with winR+ .

Sr. Hector López Alvarado, Chief, División Técnica de Estudio y Fomento Habitacional
April 1998

CHILE: EDUPLAN EXAMINING RURAL AND URBAN MUNICIPAL SCHOOL COVERAGE. The Programa Interdisciplinario de Investigación en Educación (PIIE), a Chilean NGO, in collaboration with the Planning Ministry of Chile has been using EduPlan, to study the localization of students, the areas of influence of schools, and other parameters in a pilot project selected municipalities of 10 regions of Chile. Most of the work is being done in rural municipalities. EduPlan, a winR+ GIS tool for educational planning developed by the University of Waterloo, Canada. Among its capabilities, it uses the local road network to determine the likely area of coverage for each school in an area. Originally developed for urban situations, it may be enhanced to deal with unconnected networks often found in rural situations.

May 1998

CHILE: R+ PUBLICATIONS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF SANTIAGO. The municipality of Santiago, which installed R+ some years ago, has provided a list of various publications derived from outputs of their Redatam-Plus database for the comuna of Santiago, which is the centro (downtown) of the city:

Population, housing and households of the Comuna of Santiago, disaggregated by neighborhoods. The neighborhood criterion was introduced as one of the measures to foster re-population of the city center.

Primary census information. Provides information to answer the most common demographic questions made to the municipality by information users. The publication includes basic population and housing information by city block and sector (half-blocks) and at higher levels using the neighborhood area.

Basic census information, primarily for internal use in the municipality.

The handicapped in the comuna of Santiago. Has information for planning for the handicapped by neighborhoods and with information on the distribution of the handicapped mapped in the 1,354 blocks in the comuna.

Population, households and houses in the comuna of Santiago by the materials used in the external walls and roofs. The minimum disaggregation is the block and the highest is the census district to meet the demand for such information from the Public Works Office for the master plan of the comuna.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]

CHILE: INE AGREEMENT WITH AN NGO TO PROVIDE R+ TRAINING TO COMUNAS THROUGHOUT CHILE. The National Statistical Office (INE) of Chile has provided the respective Redatam-Plus 1992 census database to each of the 335 comunas (municipalities) of the country to help them determine local needs and plan consequent projects and programs. To train the municipal users to take advantage of their respective database, INE signed an agreement with the Corporación de Promoción Universitaria (CPU), a Chilean Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), to provide 1-week Workshops on focalization and design of diagnostics at the local level, on the use of Redatam+Plus. (Cursos-Talleres sobre el Uso de Redatam+) to municipal officials concerned with the processing, analysis and provision of information, with planning (Secretarías de Planificación Comunal) and with immediate needs of the communities (municipal offices of Community Development). The municipalities pay CPU a modest amount for each participant so there is little cost to the providers, INE or CPU.

CPU fax: 562-274-1828; 274-6645
Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]

CHILE: IDENTIFICATION OF SOCIAL INVESTMENTS IN A RURAL COMUNA. The Instituto Latinoamericano de Planificación Económica y Social (ILPES/ECLAC) published in 1997 the monograph titled Confronting poverty from the municipality:  Identification of  Investment Progammes at the local level (Enfrentanddo la pobreza desde el  municipio: Para la identificación de Programas de Inversión a nivel local). It examines the rural comuna (municipio) of Longaví in detail using and extending the methodology and the use of R+ and a GIS that were previously applied in a study of pockets of poverty in the comuna of Conchalí (see page 5 of Volume 3 No.1 / 2 of REDATAM Informa and the R+ guide cited on page 4 of this double volume).

The author of both monographs, Iván Silva of ILPES, says that the new document attempts to help the comuna authorities identify the gamut of investment necessities in Longaví so that they can make decisions about how to use scarce investment resources more rationally than when the specific projects are examined in isolation.

Iván Silva, email: isilva@ECLAC.CL
Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]

CHILE: INFORMATION FOR MANAGEMENT IN A POOR COMUNA OF SANTIAGO. Decentralization, an important goal of Chilean social and economic policy, supposes, among other things, that the municipal authorities have information at the local level and are capable of using it to obtain the spatially-referenced social indicators necessary for carrying out the planning process, including detection of problems faced by different groups. However, as part of a Master's Degree Thesis for the University of Chile by Laura Ortiz , a survey in various municipalities of the Metropolitan Area of Santiago found that their data was poorly organized for these purposes and little used.

To improve this situation in the comuna of San Miguel, a comuna of Santiago, a Master's Degree thesis project was designed to help the authorities to use Redatam-Plus with a database consisting of the 1992 census data and the Ficha CAS, a questionnaire which is filled in by persons who seek subsidies made available by each municipality when need is demonstrated.

Indicators were estimated to determine the spatial location of poverty and other social problems. For .these purposes, the neighborhood unit (unidad vecinal) was utilized, in part because it served as the link between the census and the Ficha CAS (see page 15 for technical details).

While R+ made it possible to organize and obtain the spatially defined indicators, the author stresses the importance of further simplifying such software to ensure easy and amply use at the local level.

The thesis AInformación para la Gestión Comunal: elaboración de una base de datos georeferencial y sus aplicación en la Comuna de San Miguel@ by Laura Ortiz, may be obtained by writing to CELADE.
Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


COLOMBIA: MUNICIPIO DE ANTIOQUIA PROCESSED SURVEY WITH REDATAM+. A population and housing survey carried out in December 1992 by the municipio of Sabaneta to help define action plans in different sectors (Education, Health, Housing, etc.) was processed entirely by the Municipal Administration using REDATAM-Plus. After publishing the results of the survey, the database has been used to help identify the poorest and most vulnerable sectors to which social investment will be channeled.

Patricia E. Posada, Chief, Informática y Servicios
Sabaneta, Antioquia, Colombia
Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]

COLOMBIA: IDENTIFYING COMMUNITY VULNERABILITIES IN THE PREVENTION OF DISASTERS. A project of the local authorities of Medellin on the prevention of disasters (Proyecto Col 94/012) was directed toward defining and quantifying threatening factors due to earth movements, floods and earthquakes. Since the level of poverty and other socio-economic variables condition the capacity of individuals and communities to be ready for, and able to cope with disasters when they occur, the project was also concerned with the spatial distribution of the population according to relevant indicators, to determine risks to which different groups might be submitted by natural forces. At the request of the Director of the Municipal System on the Prevention and Attention of Disasters, CELADE provided technical assistance on incorporating socio-demographic data into their models via an interface with the GIS ILWIS.

Dra. Nora Eugenia Villegas, Directora Sistema Municipal de Prevención y Atención de Desastres, Alcaldía de Medellín, Colombia.
Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: ZonPlan USED WITH MAPINFO DATABASE TO OBTAIN POVERTY INDICATORS. The National Office of Planning (ONAPLAN) created a winR+ database for five provinces to use with ZonPlan to generate indicators required for their planning purposes. CELADE, in collaboration with ONAPLAN and the Division of Social Development of ECLAC-Santiago, developed a special module to allow winR+ (and therefore, ZonPlan) to read a cartographic database in MAPINFO export format.

Sr. Antonio Morillo, ONAPLAN
September 1997


GUATEMALA: REDATAM AND GIS TRAINING FOR IDB PRE-INVESTMENT PROJECTS. Within the framework of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)-CELADE agreement to assist the Bank in pre-investment projects, consecutive Redatam-Plus and GIS training workshops, each a week long, were held in Guatemala in cooperation with the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) and in relation with the IDB pre-investment Projects: Social Investments/Inversión Social (GU-0071) and Modernization and Investment of the Education Sector/Modernización y Inversión del Sector Educación. A database and GIS coverages were created for the municipal capital, Coban (Departamento de Alta Verapaz) with 19,000 houses and 93,000 persons; in addition to the census, the database has information on schools and infrastructure. CELADE consultants taught in the workshops and provided technical assistance on the creation of the databases.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


HONDURAS: winR+ workshops for municipal staff. Two workshops were conducted within a United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) project to improve the capabilities of municipalities to use socio-economic information. Staff attended from the 6 participating municipalities: San Pedro Sula, Puerto Cortés, Santa Rosa de Copán, Comaya, El Progreso and La Ceiba. The first workshop was conducted 21-22 December 1999 to teach the basics and carry out simple operations with the software. The second workshop, from 30 June to 1 July of this year continued with the construction of indicators to estimate poverty, vulnerability and related factors. Both workshops used the 1988 census data from the departmento of La Paz.

Juan Ciudad
Head, Sub-program of Population and Development - UNFPA
Tegulcigapa, Honduras
July 1999


NICARAGUA: REDATAM AND GIS TRAINING FOR IDB PRE-INVESTMENT PROJECTS. Two consecutive 1-week Redatam-Plus and GIS training workshops, respectively, were held in mid-1996 in Managua, in cooperation with the National Statistical Office (INEC) as part of the pre-investment activities of the IDB. As in a similar program of activities in Guatemala (see entry for that country), CELADE provided training and technical assistance over an extended period through the IDB-CELADE agreement.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


PARAGUAY: NATIONAL EDUCATION MAP. Paraguay has conducted a census of its educational establishments to obtain information on physical as well as educational aspects of each. Since the purpose was to create a map that would serve for a variety of planning and analysis purposes, the geographical location of each facility was determined by GPS (Global Positioning System). Information on educational demand and other population-related aspects were obtained using Redatam-Plus.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


PERU: TOWARD USE OF AccessPlan AND EduPlan IN NORTHERN LIMA. As part of a proposal for Canadian funding, professors from the Canadian universities of Waterloo and Guelph, along with CELADE staff, have been discussing with Alternativa, a Peruvian NGO, the eventual use of AccessPlan and EduPlan in municipalities of the very poor northern cone (Cono Norte) of Lima to help them improve their health and educational services. Discussions and demonstrations were held with Alternativa, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Catholic University, municipal staff and others. The computer specialist of Alternativa, along with professionals from Ministries and other Governmental agencies, were trained in the use of Redatam-Plus during 1994 training workshops on the software and GIS.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


SAINT LUCIA: REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE FORMULATION OF SOCIAL POLICIES WITH CENSUS INDICATORS.  Twenty-five professionals from 12 English-speaking Caribbean countries participated in a 5-day winR+ workshop held in Castries, Saint Lucia, from 27 to 31 July 1998. The workshop was organized by the Port-of-Spain office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in collaboration with CELADE, which provided two professors, and the National Statistical Office of St. Lucia. The participants learned the concepts, facilities and command language of winR+ and the visual creation and mapping of indicators with ZonPlan, while examining aspects of two problems of social vulnerability in St. Lucia:   a)women and single female-headed households; and b)adolescent maternity. Funding was provided by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

August 1998


SURINAME: DEVELOPING DATABASE AND PROCESSING CAPABILITIES. The General Bureau of Statistics of Suriname is receiving assistance in the creation of basic numerical and cartographic databases and their utilization with software including winR+ and ZonPlan. Technical cooperation missions, and possible future training workshops, are being undertaken within the framework of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) "Community Development Fund (CDF) project with Suriname and the CELADE-IDB program that provides assistance to IDB projects on population and development matters.

August 1998


URUGUAY: winR+ AND ZonPlanTRAINING IN THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH Training in the Ministry of Public Health. A workshop was taught in the Instituto de Estadística (INE) for their analysts and others from the Ministry of Health and various hospitals, using data from the 1985 population and housing census.

December 1997

URUGUAY: (Alejandra)

URUGUAY: EXPECT TO PLACE CENSUS DATA IN REDATAM DATABASE. A seminar was held in late 1996 in Montevideo on Socio-Demographic Information for Social Policy, during which the Director of the National Statistical Office (INE) indicated that a Redatam database will be made of the recent census as soon as the data entry and processing are complete.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


VENEZUELA: SIGEL, AN INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR LOCAL MANAGEMENT. The System for Local Management (SIGEL) is a project of the Venezuelan national statistical office (OECI), with financial and technical support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) and UNICEF. SIGUEL will consolidate information systems as instruments for local decision making, within the Sustainable Human Development framework, which is oriented to the toward participation and equal opportunities for all persons.

A pilot project, under development in the state of Amazonas, will become the prototype of what SIGEL will be in all the Federal entities of the country. This test is evaluating the use of winR+ for the system, since the package manages a multidisciplinary database integrated with Geographical Information Systems (GIS). For this purpose, CELADE is working with OECI and considering the possibility of creating a simple user interface, similar to ZonPlan, for requesting relevant indicators and to these ends, a OECI staff member recently spent time working in CELADE.

June 1998



A training workshop, taught by CELADE staff, was held in OECI in December 1997 to prepare OECI and Ministry of the Family staff to use the winR+ software and to create and map indicators with ZonPlan.

December 1997

VENEZUELA: VITAL STATISTICS DATABASE CONSTRUCTED IN REDATAM-PLUS. The National Statistical Office (OCEI) has constructed an R+ database of births, marriages and deaths since 1988. During the creation of the database, various problems had to be solved concerning the different geographical hierarchies used for each separate statistic. To facilitate utilization of this database, the staff wrote Estadísticas Vitales en Redatam-Plus: Manual del Usuario.

Armando León, Chief, Demographic Analysis Programme, OCEI.
Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


LATIN AMERICA & the CARIBBEAN: ECLAC DEVELOPS TRAINING TOOL TO HELP IDENTIFY SOCIAL PROBLEMS. The Division of Social Development  of Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is developing the EVALSOC system to assist in training national staff to determine local population needs and identify social problems in health, education and related fields. A variation of ZonPlan, the new system programmed by CELADE will allow trainees to obtain appropriate indicators using data from the Chilean comuna (county) of La Granja. The system uses a multisectoral winR+ database of population and housing census data coupled with information from the Education Ministry and from the questionnaire known as the CAS which has information collected from applicants seeking subsidies for the poor.

May 1998


new.gif (1524 bytes) CAMBODIA: 1998 Population Census of Cambodia:"With the REDATAM database engine, users can themselves easily produce cross tabulations upto village level. It is proposed to launch a programme of much wider dissemination to cover target groups all over the country and to ensure greater utilization of census and survey data by planners, policy makers and researchers."

National Institute of Statistics
Ministry of Planning
E-mail: census@camnet.com.kh

August 2000

AFRICA: R+ WITH GIS PROJECTS IN FIVE AFRICAN COUNTRIES. To foster the utilization of Redatam software in conjunction with GIS in English- and French-speaking African countries, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded training and assistance to five institutions in five countries to develop Redatam- and GIS-based projects. The work took place in the following countries and institutions: Burkina Faso: UERD; Cameroun: IFORD; Egypt: CDC (Cairo Demographic Centre); Ghana RIPS; Mali: CERPOD (Centre d'etudes et derecherches sur la population pour le developpment).
Through technical assistance missions each centre was assisted to construct databases and these were brought to a final training workshop held in CERPOD, Bamako, Mali in mid-1995. Professionals from CELADE and the University of Waterloo taught R+ and GIS aspects, respectively.

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]

NIGERIA: Training winR+ trainers: The systems analyst of the UNFPA Country Support Team (CST) in Africa is travelling in August to Nigeria on request from the country to train persons who will in turn train a wider group to use winR+ in their work.

Jean Marc Hie
June 1999

RWANDA: CENSUS DATA SURVIVES. Arij Dekker, who provided technical assistance to Rwanda to process their 1991 census and create a Redatam-Plus database, wrote to CELADE with the sad news, in light of the events in the country, gave the United Nations and other offices the only copy of the census database that survived the destruction in that country.

Arij Dekker
Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]

ZIMBABWE: 1992 CENSUS DATABASE. With the help of a UNFPA data processing consultant, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) of Zimbabwe has established a National Census Database from the microdata of the 1992 Census of Population and Housing, which enumerated 10.4 million persons. Three R+ databases were developed: a) 100% national database with all the census microdata; b) 10% national database generated from a 10% systematic sample of households; it can fit on most computers then available; c) separate 100% databases for all provinces, which are small enough to fit on the hard disks in the provincial offices. The Provincial R+ Census Databases were prepared for the ten provincial statistical offices so that local users can obtain information without having to travel to the capital Harare. CSO Head Office staff and provincial supervisors were trained in the use of the software and databases.

C.N.Parirenyatwa, Acting Director
CSO, Harare, Zimbabwe
Fax: 263-4-708-854
Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]


NORTH KOREA: R+ CENSUS TRAINING WORKSHOP HELD. A small workshop was taught by a Redatam expert in September 1996 with the expectation that an approximately 200MB Redatam database will be created for the 20 million-person census.

Ari Silva
IBGE, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Dec. 1996 [RI4-5]

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