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Population / food / health

China's food security

European rural development

Regional development


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Software development

Software developed in C# or VB.NET

(1) DemoTools Interface.

This is a population projection software, which uses standard cohort-component methodology (equivalent to the software used in the United Nations Population Division for the preparation of the World Population Prospects). It was developed to visualize the results of probabilistic population projections and can use probabilistic projection trajectories (or median values and confidence intervals) of total fertility and life expectancy at birth as input.

(2) DemoData Interface.

This is an interactive user interface developed for the empirical database of the Population Estimates and Projections Section of the United Nations Population Division. The interface allows users to retrieve and upload data to an SQL database, which includes empirical and estimated demographic indicators on mortality, fertility total population and population by age and sex. It also has components to visualize the data.


Software developed in C++ or Delphi

(3) DemoGraphics '96

This software was developed for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Association with the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI). DemoGraphics '96 was designed as a tool for population education - making it easy to present demographic trends for all countries and major regions worldwide in animated charts, maps and moving age pyramids. The software also includes more analytical data displays, such as dynamic scatter plots which can show the relationship between two indicators over time. The software, which was developed in the mid-1990s, is no longer distributed, because it only runs on Windows XP.

(4) DemoTables '96

This software is a smart table browser for the 1996 Revision of the United Nations World Population Estimates and Projections. It can be used to sort and rank countries and regions worldwide according to key demographic indicators. Currently, the DemoTables '96 software is distributed for free to customers of the DemoGraphics '96 software package. The software, which was developed in the mid-1990s, is no longer distributed, because it only runs on Windows XP.

(5) DemoTools - Tool # 1: Population Pyramids

This software package is designed as a toolbox for demographers and other researchers, who need tools for data analysis and population projection. This module is a state-of-the-art population projection using a cohort-component method. It is closely linked to the Population Estimates of the United Nations Population Division. The current version includes the 2000 Revision of their population estimates. The software, which was developed in the mid-1990s, is no longer distributed, because it only runs on Windows XP.

(6) RAPS-China - A Regional Analysis and Planning System (for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA)

The Regional Analysis and Planning System (RAPS) consists of three components: a) A province-level database with more than 300 carefully selected development indicators. b) A set of software tools to browse, filter, and sort these data, and to combine the variables into customized regional development indicators, such as a Human Development Index, a Natural Resource Index, or an Environmental Protection Index. c) A set of easy-to-use software tools for visualizing the spatial distribution of variables and indices. These consist of thematic maps and various types of figures and charts.
See: Review of the RAPS-China software by the Asian Development Bank Institute

(7) China-Food Can China Feed Itself? A System for Evaluation of Policy Options. CR-ROM. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, 1999.

This is a decision-support application for planners and policymakers. It should help in the evaluation of options for dealing with China's (future) food problems. It includes an integrated analysis of China's food prospects that takes into account biophysical, climatic, hydrological, demographic, social, economic, and political dimensions (see the Arguments section). There are at least seven dimensions that play a major role in China's food prospects: (1) population growth, (2) diet change, (3) urbanization, (4) size and quality of arable land, (5) supply of water, (6) policies and economic arrangements, and (7) scientific and technological developments.
See: http://www.china-food-security.org/index_h.htm


Copyright 2012 by Gerhard K. Heilig. All rights reserved.

Updated: 9 October 2013