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MySQL.com: U.S. Census Bureau Reaps Awards from MySQL-based Web Sites

Jan 16, 2002, 16:10 (4 Talkback[s])

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"The Census Bureau's web development team has relied on the MySQL database server, as well as other open-source software such as Perl, Apache, Linux and PHP, to develop these highly-acclaimed and extraordinarily successful web sites. In fact, one of the MySQL-run sites won the prestigious Census Bureau's Director's Award for Innovation in 2001, and the Bureau's web development team, which is led by Rachael LaPorte Taylor, senior technology architect for FedStats.gov at the Census Bureau, and Lisa Nyman, senior Internet technology architect, has begun serving as informal open-source consultants to their entire organization (of over 5,000 employees).

The Census Bureau has a site license for the Oracle RDBMS, but LaPorte Taylor notes that, "We chose to use the MySQL database server because of its ease of installation, maintainability, configuration and speed. I've been using open source software since I got into the business, which was in '92," she continued. "MySQL has also provided us with huge cost savings, which we have been able to funnel into other resources."

"FedStats" is a MySQL-powered portal to statistics produced by the Federal government. Features include a display of the U.S.'s leading financial and economic indicators at a glance. Users can use the site's powerful linking and searching capabilities to track economic and population trends, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade and more. With the ultra-fast MySQL database at the back end, users can access data from over 200,000 documents and from more than 70 federal agencies quickly and seamlessly."

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