Inmagic Presto Success Story
Spreading the Word to Increase Workplace Safety, Minimize Risk
“I don’t like complicated. The DB/TextWorks-Presto combination is really functional and clean. It is easily customizable (without the cost of a custom system) so I can make changes myself—and its powerful search options have basically made the impossible possible.”
Research and Information Coordinator
Trade Association Challenges,
Inmagic Presto for DB/TextWorks Solutions
Powerful and easy customization options
Remote access for staff and network members
Reinforces association brand identity
Cost effective and vendor hosted (SaaS)
Beyond the Basics
With DB/TextWorks, Ms. Dean was able to fulfill the organizational mandate to develop databases that organize information from other sources in addition to the library. Her first non-library initiative was to create a database of technical projects, with the goal of finding, organizing and providing access to the many files in people’s offices. With that successfully completed, she developed other databases, including:
- Educational videos database (and an A/V materials reservations system)
- Current Awareness database collecting information from different sources both internally and externally, making it available and searchable
In addition to collections of internal content, Ms. Dean created databases of critical external content, often inspired by research requests. For example, the Library had a request to look at 20 years of coroner’s inquests involving persons being struck by reversing vehicles, as well as the safety recommendations pursuant to those incidents. Ms. Dean used DB/TextWorks to create a searchable Inquest Database that dramatically reduces time spent locating information found within the inquest and related materials. The Ministry of Labor publishes information related to workplace health and safety violation convictions on their website. This data doesn’t generally end up in legal literature, and the MOL only makes 2 years of content visible, which doesn’t accommodate PFTA requirements. Not only did Ms. Dean leverage DB/TextWorks to create a Ministry of Labor Court Bulletin, she used it to develop a database of all convictions related to PFTA work. Finally, she converted their Access database of workplace fatalities into a searchable Fatalities Database.
Anytime, Anywhere—with Presto!
PFTA has geographically distributed staff, including researchers. Where once it was easy for people to walk down the hall to the Library, remote access to resources via the Web became critical. Budget constraints made implementation of a Web solution impossible, until Inmagic unveiled Presto for DB/TextWorks. Per Ms. Dean, this happened at just the right time as the requirement for remote access became even more acute, and at the right price. With Presto, critical materials are now available to staff and network members via the PFTA intranet. The Fatalities, Convictions and Inquest databases can now be linked together, eliminating the need to recreate or re-key information (or to search in multiple silos), and everything looks seamless, supporting PFTA’s brand identity. The ability to attach supplemental or related information and make it accessible through a single venue—no matter where it is housed—is an enormous asset.
An Early Win
Ms. Dean says users are very impressed that she can quickly lay her hands on information they didn’t even know was available or accessible. One example came early on: “I’m looking for a recommendation from an inquest where if they’d had a safety net, it would have prevented a fatality. I need it to support a proposal for new legislation.” Ms. Dean was able to come up with the material in under 15 minutes, and states: “This was three lines in an inquest description. There is no way that I’d have ever found it if I didn’t have Presto. It basically makes the impossible, possible.” And now, with Presto’s powerful Web publishing capabilities, PFTA staff and network members can search organizational resources anytime, anywhere, through their intranet, to support them in their mission.