In Colonial Burma, the administration compiled “Than Kaung Sar Yin” (literally meaning “list taken at midnight”).
US Population Census
- The US Population Census Data is compiled every ten years as mandated by law, but the census data takers do not visit houses at midnight.
- The data is collected not only from US citizens, but from anyone who happened to be in the US (e.g. studying or working) at the time.
- The data is to used mainly for planning (e.g. restructuring of voting areas) and not for storing personal details.
- Census Bureau employee Herman Hollerith invented the electronic tabulator and punch cards for the 1890 US Census.
- The company that Hollerith founded grew to become IBM (International Business Machines).
- UCC computer and machines were used to process the Population Census Data in Burma in the ’70s.
- Processing was done mainly with the FILAN software package.
- Some low-level coding were done using PLAN (assembly language for the ICL 1900s series).