How much would a basic online database for environmental data cost?
January 8, 2010 6:27 AM Subscribe
What would the rough cost (as time x rate) for developing a database for basic environmental data (temperature, water level, fish counts) and metadata (site, date, time) with an online form for volunteer data entry?
posted by nekton to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am working on a grant that entails collecting basic environmental parameters (temperature, water level) from automatic dataloggers and fish counts from volunteer observations. The datalogger data is going to be automatically downloaded into a spreadsheet from the logger, while the volunteer data will be collected on data sheets in the field and then will be entered into an online form.
I am currently trying to figure out the budget, and I am totally lost on how much the database/website combo is going to cost. The few rough estimates from friends who do database work have come in around $6,000 (~120 hrs @ $50/hr) but I have no idea if that's reasonable. I am also faced with a granting agency that would rather see more money go into the database side of things than the website, and the two "halves" need to be split up on the budget.
- has to hold records on the order of 10,000-100,000, but only of a few types of data
- has to be able to have data imported (loggers) as well as contain input from the online form
- has to be able to be exported for analysis
Web form requirements:
- relatively user-friendly
- does not have to be beautiful, just functional
- ability to choose sites via a map would be a plus but a list of sites (dropdown?) would be just as good
- must allow entry of multiple data points at a time, preferably 10-20 at a time.
- ideally (and I realize this bumps up the cost) the site would display the data (i.e. choose a site and see a graph of recent temperatures)
Both the website and database are going to be hosted on existing web space, so that is not an issue.