Miscellanea, Recent Work With Microcomputers for Census Processing in Developing Countries
Vivian Toro and Kathleen Chamberlain
This paper is a revision of the paper entitled “The Use of Microcomputers for Census Processing in Developing Countries” written by Vivian Toro and Thomas Melaney and presented at the American Statistical Association meetings in August 1987. The authors discuss how microcomputers offer potential solutions to many of the problems developing countries encounter when processing census data with mainframe computers. The authors also describe the Integrated Microcomputer Processing System (IMPS) developed by the International Statistical Programs Center (ISPC), U. S. Bureau of the Census, and present three case studies of the use of IMPS by statistical offices in developing countries.
The experiences of a number of developing countries confirm that microcomputers are technologically sound and cost-effective tools for processing censuses. The continuing technological advancement and refinement of microcomputer software make their use even more advantageous.
This paper focuses on the recent experience of Burkina Faso and Senegal in using microcomputers. A summary is given of the use of IMPS by an increasing number of countries. Additionally, this paper describes the latest enhancements and future plans for IMPS. It concludes with some thoughts on the use of microcomputers in the areas of data collection and processing, as well as in the use and dissemination of census data.
Microcomputers; census; developing countries; software; data processing; data collection; integrated.