Custom Internet-based Environmental Data Management System for the National Archives and Records Administration

Custom Internet-based Environmental Data Management System for the National Archives and Records AdministrationIn 2008, the Image Permanence Institute developed a plan for an Environmental Data Management System for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) which would allow multiple users in different facilities to simultaneously access environmental data recorded by IPI Preservation Environment Monitors® (PEMs) already installed at each NARA facility. In 2012 this system, based on IPI’s eClimateNotebook™ and incorporating custom features and functions designed specifically for NARA, was implemented.

The customized program developed by IPI allows NARA to expand its data management, organization, and analysis capabilities through a centralized and easily accessible system. The site is managed by a NARA site administrator and supports an unlimited number of NARA facilities and location datasets. This web-based platform allows universal access for NARA administrative staff to view data and generate reports across all NARA facilities, and allows general users to view data and generate reports for their own facility only. NARA staff will incorporate several years of data from hundreds of dataloggers installed at over 40 NARA facilities into the primary site.

IPI activities included site development and customization, initial on-site training, and ongoing operation and support. Custom elements include front page and report design, custom reports, and statistics based on compliance with NARA 1571 and a limited number of other NARA standards. IPI provides a unique domain name, secure data storage, and a dedicated server with daily backups.

 

IPI can work with your organization to develop a customized internet-based data management system to consolidate, organize, analyze and report on large amounts of environmental data from multiple locations. The system will accept data from most commonly used dataloggers and is not limited to data from IPI’s PEM and PEM2® loggers.

Contact Patricia Ford to discuss your needs: pafpph@rit.edu