To achieve the Millennium Development Goals, countries need reliable and well-maintained data. DevInfo is a database technology platform that UNICEF specifically designed to help governments monitor their progress – or lack of it – towards the MDGs. It also works as a common database, which complements existing national databases, and serves as a key advocacy tool for UN agencies. DevInfo is constantly updating and creating innovative ways of monitoring development issues:
In the latest version of DevInfo, DI 6.0, users will find significant improvements in the ways they can generate data views and produce presentation objects, as well as many new, powerful features to make their experience much more enjoyable.
Reduced learning curve: The enhanced user interface of DevInfo 6.0 contains a new Data Wizard, enabling first-time users to easily access data and generate presentation objects with minimal training.
Improved performance: DevInfo 6.0 executes tasks significantly faster than previous versions of DevInfo, particularly on large data sets.
Instant previews for tables, graphs and maps: DevInfo 6.0 provides instant previews of tables, graphs and maps when generating data views.
Upgraded gallery: The completely upgraded DevInfo 6.0 gallery allows users to edit previously created tables, graphs and maps without having to recreate them. It also displays thumbnails of saved presentation objects and allows users to search for presentation objects by key words.
New report features: DevInfo 6.0 enables users to generate profiles as well as standard and advanced reports. Users can create their own report layouts, which can then be used to generate quick and consistent reports for different areas or time periods. Users can also create reports with dynamically embedded presentation objects, which can easily be updated to reflect changes in the underlying data.
New book and video presentation tools: DevInfo 6.0 now introduces new ways to make exciting animated presentations in flipbook (di Book) and video (di Video) formats.
New desktop sidebar: DevInfo 6.0 contains a customizable desktop sidebar that provides users with quick access to gallery objects, RSS feeds and related facts.
Live software updates: Software updates to DevInfo 6.0 are now available through a live update feature, enabling users to stay updated with the latest application version.
DevInfo lite: Users now have the option of running DevInfo 6.0 directly from the set-up CD instead of having to install it on their computer, thereby saving space on the hard drive.
DevInfo is distributed royalty-free to all Member States and UN agencies for use on both desktops and the web. The user interface of the system and the contents of the databases it supports include country-specific branding and packaging options that were designed to ensure broad ownership by national authorities. UNICEF has absolutely no restrictions on the database and its use.