Volume 62 - Number 2 - Summer 1996

T. Machine-Readable Data Files (MRDF)

References to data of demographic interest that are stored in machine-readable form and to computer programs and microcomputer software for demographic analysis. All MRDFs coded under this heading are cross-referenced to specific subject categories as appropriate. Articles concerned with the availability of MRDFs are also included.

62:20819 Heilig, Gerhard. DemoGraphics: a graphical database and tool for population education. Options, Autumn 1994. 8-10 pp. Laxenburg, Austria. In Eng.
"DemoGraphics is a system for easy retrieval, graphical display, and animation of complex demographic data. The software automatically translates data into charts (population pyramids), thematic maps, scatter plots, and other graphics....DemoGraphics runs under MS-Windows 3.1 on DOS-based personal computers. It can be run on a 386 PC, but for practical purposes users need something better: we recommend a 486/66 Mhz PC with a fast hard disk and a 256-color video board....DemoGraphics is free, but IIASA charges U.S. $35 for processing, handling, and mailing. The package includes five 3.5-inch diskettes and a 36-page user's manual. The manual includes setup information and a tutorial for DemoGraphics; a brief discussion of population issues, generally, and the IIASA world scenarios, in particular; a description of the AniVis development tool; and a list of frequently asked questions."
Correspondence: G. Heilig, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Schlossplatz 1, 2361 Laxenburg, Austria.

62:20820 Vandeschrick, Christophe. From the past to the future: an introduction to software for making population projections. [Du passé au futur: initiation aux logiciels de perspectives démographiques.] Population et Développement, No. 3, ISBN 2-87209-420-2. 1995. 124 pp. Academia-Bruylant: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; L'Harmattan: Paris, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng.
This manual is designed as an introduction to the software available to make population projections. After a general review of the methodology used in developing models for projecting population, the author examines in detail two specific examples of such models, ESCAP/POP, a purely demographic model, and TM1, developed by the International Labour Office [ILO], which deals with population in a general development context. A step-by-step introduction is provided for potential users of these two programs.
Correspondence: Academia-Bruylant, 25 Grand Rue, Boite 115, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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