Volume 17, Number 3 March 2000
Helping us keep track of it all
See how Web-enabled databases can make for smarter work
by Marshall Breeding
THE SYSTEMS LIBRARIAN column focuses on a project that might be of
practical use to a systems librarian or to someone managing a
systems office. Says that author chose this project to write about
because it involves exciting technology - Web-enabled databases -
and practical experience the author has gained by providing support
for the Vanderbilt University libraries. Explains how the library
technology team developed a Web-based problem-tracking system (PTS)
and the features needed to make it effective. Notes that the
technical portion of PTS consists of a database that holds
information about each task, Web forms for retrieving information,
Perl scripts that process the requests, and a piece of middleware
that allows information in the database to be presented on the Web.
Says that the project is just one example that demonstrates how
useful Web-enabled databases can be.
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