Scientific data is often maintained in (sometimes sophisticated relational) databases.
These data can be presented in a dynamic web application. The data does not necessarily have to be transferred into a format that is compatible with internet databases.
Data that is saved in Microsoft Office products such as Access or Excel can often very easily manipulated for database applications on the internet.
This way, results of long-term scientific studies or continuing analyses of data of a particular topic can be made accessible to the public.
After the establishment of such a platform data can be added continuously. By the press of a button the most up-to-date version of an Access or Excel file can be published immediately. This is a substantial advantage of the internet over the printed media.