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TADINFOABOUT TADINFO

With veterinary epidemiology and animal disease surveillance becoming increasingly important, the development of an appropriate software package for animal disease quantification and management is now a real necessity. TADinfo is a data management system fully dedicated to animal and zoonotic disease information management and analysis. TADinfo is a software package that is designed to provide data management and decision support to national veterinary epidemiology units. It was developed as part of FAO's EMPRES programme as an applied, practical, simple and down-to-earth software package to help veterinarians solve pressing real-life problems.

A User-friendly system
TADinfo combines the power of a relational database system and dynamic mapping (provided by KIDS developed by FAO) in an intuitive and easy to package. TADinfo has been designed with flexibility, adaptability and extensibility in mind. Unlike some other systems, TADinfo has a series of simple user-friendly interfaces which guide the user in both the entry and analysis of data, and has the ability to produce a wide variety of outputs such as printed reports, interactive tables and maps. TADinfo offers a set of simple to use tools that are applicable in most situations, and the flexibility of its analysis replaces hundreds of pre-defined fixed queries common in other systems.

Customizable to specific needs
TADinfo is entirely customisable to the needs of each user. FAO supplies the software customised with geographical data such as province, district and village names for the specific user's country. In addition, once installed in the epidemiology unit, individual users themselves are able to further customise the software by configuring the list of diseases, species and officers names as well as many other aspects.

Modular design
Another flexible feature of TADinfo is its unique modular design which gives users the option of using those modules which are relevant to their particular situation. There are currently six modules to store and analyse data related to field observations, abattoir observations, active disease surveillance, livestock census and vaccination, and a user configuration module. User countries can also develop and add further modules as required.

Contacts
Akiko Kamata
Animal Health Officer
FAO HQ, Room C-533
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome 00100, Italy.
Tel: +39 06 570 54522
empres-tadinfo@fao.org

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