Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Database 101: Information Overload

Feeling like you are trying to climb the information Mt. Everest? You need the tools to cope: a good database might be the way. There are many different ways to build a database on almost any subject. Many databases are used for marketing research but databases can be useful for organizing information. Blogs and websites collect information, but in the information overload, it helps to have a centralized resource. E-How suggests a six step process that begins (appropriately) with step one: map out your site and think about the information your online database will gather. You need to know what type of data you will be presenting to your visitors. Read more

For software, consider Filemaker, Microsoft Access or Zoho. For starters, here is the University of Houston's Criminal Justice Database. More to come.

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