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st: Automatic import of EpiData files

From   Jens Lauritsen <>
Subject   st: Automatic import of EpiData files
Date   Wed, 21 Nov 2007 18:50:17 +0100

Question was: "Does anyone wrote once [or begun to write] an input program (do/ado file) to import Epidata-Entry *.rec files. " Why ? The Epidata-Entry program does not offer the possibility to make automatic export tasks.

You can convert EpiData files to Stata in several ways:

1. Use the export menu from EpiData Entry:
can export to Stata 5, Stata 6, Stata 7 and Stata version 8

including specification of labels and from V8 Missing values.

2. Use the EpiC batch conversion programme.
create a batch file with content:
epic import or epic export Find options in the documentation for EpiC or issue : Epic ?

3. You can use Stattransfer (if you are not using encrypted fields in EpiData)

Option 1 and 2 works on Windows computers. EpiC and EpiData software is available for free from

Jens Lauritsen
Initiator and coordinator of EpiData Software
(and long time Stata user, which is why conversion is facilitated)

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