Database driven sites and cloud computing
managing data and workflow online
There are a number of occasions where driving a webpage from a database makes a great deal of sense, and offers considerable saving in time (and money) for site development. A database should be considered whenever you have, or wish to acquire, structured information that you want to use flexibly.
The nature of the information needs to be considered - for example: numbers of widgets in stock, phone numbers or photographs. The source is also an important criterion - how reliable is it likely to be? - We can easily build in checks for some types of data.
A final consideration is how you wish to use the information you have on your database. This can be extremely flexible, it is usually possible to offer the data in a range of display options (computer screen or mobile phone screen).
Moving databases onto the web - we can take data from spreadsheets or popular database programs, and use it to drive a web interface. Optionally, we can also develop a bespoke, secure web interface that will permit you to instantly update your online data.
Case Study: The COSHH Database
The University of Sheffield COSHH database has been built within the University's site templates to provide seamless integration with the support and administrative functions of the Department of Chemistry.
The site is a secured for access by Staff and students at the University, and allows staff and students to quickly prepare COSHH assessments, and for these assessments to be easily evaluated by the department prior to approval. It includes a simple chemical search facility, as well as a COSHH assessment lookup - valuable for preparing new assessments, or in case of accident and emergency.
Further details of this extensive project are available on our blog post entitled COSHH online.
Barry Kaye is registered with the Information Commissioner as the data controller for CookandKaye. We undertake to handle all data for our clients in a secure manner, and all personal data according to the guidelines provided by ICO. Clients may request the current version of our written guidelines on data handling procedures at any time.
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