Megan Latshaw • almost 9 years ago
Standardize data across EPA
Currently, EPA hosts the following data networks: CDX, EPA Portal, EXES, and Business Intelligence. EPA also utilizies multiple data templates each with different data standards for data exchanges, such as: SCRIBE, eDWR, SDWIS, SEDD, and ERLN. Laboratories often must submit data differently depending upon the EPA program, while data consumers must access each data feed separately. These multiple data templates and standards increase costs and turnaround time for data generators and consumers.
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) recommends that EPA consider work to standardize data across and within their program areas in concert with the current challenge.
EPA should consider a single laboratory data standard (contact email@example.com for a copy of specific recommendations) that can be adopted not only across EPA, but also across the federal government and state agencies. Such standardization will lead to increased efficiency related to data sharing, review, validation, and interpretation of important environmental data.
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