Based on eCriteria technology,the ODBP allows free access to both business and personal database content in a broad range of categories. The project is likened to a search engine for database content.
Individuals, businesses, and organizations may use the site to access thousands of public databases published by other users for free and unlimited consumption. Users need not contribute data in order to access the repository. If the data author allows it, users may also download search results to their desktop PC in plain text, or xml format.
Users may elect to create their own databases and contribute the data content to the project. Using a web database publishing wizard process provided by eCriteria.net, users may import data from spreadsheet applications and create a new web database in 15 minutes without any programming or database knowledge.
Users creating new databases may choose database names in a manner similar to selecting domain names. For instance, an organization might pick its trademark name for a database, so that when someone searches ODBP, entering this keyword will locate data associated with the organization. There are no limits on searches, updates, or creating with the ODBP (open database project)."