I appreciate the desire to give back to the community. But in almost all cases I can think of, there is simply no way that an intro-level class project database is going to be worth more to any organization than they put into it in terms of communicating requirements, testing, etc. And once the class is over, they will have no support, no one to ask for additional features, etc.
Many, many organizations have been saddled with unsupported, poorly documented databases built by well-meaning volunteers. The nonprofit technology community has grown over the past 15-20 years, helping organizations understand that data and technology tools are critical assets that must be planned and paid for. There are many free and low cost data management solutions for small nonprofits to solve most, if not all, of their data management needs. A contributed Access database from an Intro-level student is not a gift for any modern nonprofit, it is an albatross that will eventually hamper their ability to do mission-related work.
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Subject: [PhillyDB] any non-profits in need of databases designed?
I'm writing because I'm an instructor for an intro database class here in the Philadelphia area, and I'm looking to give my students some real-world problems and projects.
I know that there's companies out there--especially non-profits--that could use a Microsoft Access designed for two; I just need to be put in touch with them.
Anyone know of anybody?
Thanks ahead of time to anyone willing to help. =)
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