Best Practices for Database Interfaces on the Web?
December 21, 2013 7:41 AM Subscribe
I'm in the earliest possible stages of building a web interface that will make it easy to display, graph, download, summarize, and interact with a wide variety of data. If you use scientific data from the internet, what are some of the websites you've encountered that make using data the easiest, most intuitive, and give you the best control? Also, what are some must-have features for you, and some of the best and worst design decisions the site builders have made?
posted by ropeladder to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I want to build a site that helps both beginner and advanced users get the data they want as quickly and intuitively as possible. I'm mostly familiar with social science data, where some of the best examples (in my opinion) are the World Bank Databank
, OECD Stat Extracts
, St. Louis Fed FRED
, and of course Google Public Data Explorer
. What are some other sites that make data (especially large or multidimensional datasets) as wieldy as possible, and how and why are they good at it (or bad at it)?
On the more technical side, suggestions for web/programming technologies (or even correct vocabulary) to use are also appreciated.