There are numerous uses for a custom online database, and three recently publicized stories help to highlight its diverse applications. One use of an online database was detailed by the Reading Eagle’s Steve Henshaw, who reported that in Pennsylvania, the magisterial district courts docket sheets are searchable via an online database. This will allow anyone to perform free searches by participant name, court, case category, status and docket number.
The source explained that by making these records available online, the public can easily access the information and cut down on the time that the magisterial and common pleas court staff much spend answering public inquiries. However, spokesperson for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts Steve Schell indicated that it is difficult to measure the direct impact that the online database has had so far.
The Daily Green’s Dan Shapley also recently reported that the Environmental Working Group recently updated and improved its online database, which lists water filters and serves as a buying guide with valuable resources such as tips for selecting water filters and budgeting for regular maintenance costs.
“U.S. drinking water is among the safest in the world,” wrote Shapley. “But contamination remains a concern for many families. Whether it’s lead in old pipes, disinfection byproducts or the potential for well water to be polluted with a colorless, odorless contaminant, various potentially harmful substances drive many to turn to home water filters to prevent exposure.”
A final example of the use of an online database was recently reported by ArsTechnica’s Jon Brodkin, who shared that Google has begun a 45-day public testing trial of its white spaces database. White spaces lets unused TV spectrum be repurposed and used for wireless internet networks.