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  • Creation or important update: 02/01/12
  • Minor correction: 02/01/12

Datum : web application for sharing data from databases

This software was developed (or is under development) within the higher education and research community. Its stability can vary (see fields below) and its working state is not guaranteed.
  • Web site
  • System:
  • License(s): GPL - v2
  • Status: internal use, under development
  • Support: maintained, ongoing development
  • Designer(s): Olivier Maury
  • Contact designer(s): Olivier.Maury (chez) grignon.inra.fr
  • Laboratory, service: Environnement et Grandes Cultures


General software features

Datum is a web application, so a server-based software for use with a web browse. It aims sharin data from databases and information related to these databases:

  • sharing data and files, with access rights (management of users and permissions)
    • browsing tables and data from the database
    • data reports with charts (defined with SQL queries)
    • dynamic charts
  • display of the database schema
  • integration of datasets (CSV files)
  • project information : news, little CMS feature
  • user history, internationalisation, help, database management, statistics, ...

Some databases use specific module to :

  • change the interface layout
  • create template files for the integration
  • add specific integrations and data extractions

One software instance can manage several databases.
A daemon can run asynchronous tasks, as data extraction, without blocking the page display.

Datum is based on the PHP framework, Yii.

Context in which the software is used

Developed for one project, the application was made generic to interface the database of the research unit.

So, this common code base is used by several projects in the "Biosphere-Atmosphere" research team at INRA "Environnement et Grandes Cultures" and for the information system of SOERE PRO (Systems of observation and long-term experimentation for environmental research on organic wast products).