Four examples of web-based information management systems were presented, All use online forms for PIs to submit progress or completion reports.
Elyse Larsen, Michigan Sea Grant, uses a system that combines Access with MySQL. It transmits publications directly to NSGL.
Sid Sachs, Florida Sea Grant, has a custom integrated online application using SQL This that works well for agents’ reportage needed for NIMS. This one uses a minibase with dropdown menus and is hosted on Dreamhost in a PHP environment. it uses SQLylog to copy data from one database to another.
David Nielan, Louisiana Sea Grant, has a system that works for those seeking information about projects as well as those reporting but it predates NIMS and had to be migrated in From Lotus.
Ben Bray, MIT, wowed us with a system he calls “Cradle to Archive Information Management” which uses PHP and MySQL with FIleMaker Pro. Benefits of FMP include low cost, cross platform compatibility, searchability, many customizable features and great support. Common thread here: web-based content using structured query language for retrieval of information.
(Posted by Peg Van Patten)