Do More Than Just Collect Data

eClimateNotebook™ (eCNB) was designed to help you do more than just collect environmental data. You may have daily logs of temperature and RH, stacks of hygrothermograph charts, or graphs of short-term data—but what does it really tell you? How do you use it to make changes in the environment that will improve the preservation quality of your storage spaces? The features and functions included in eCNB were developed to help you answer several important risk management questions.
 

What is the environment in the space and how does it compare to other spaces?

Data graphs and statistics tell you what the environment in the space actually is and how the environment in one space compares with another. Up to eight locations can be seen in one graph and comparison features in the eCNB Professional level allow you to sort, rank, and compare all monitored locations.

 

How do I evaluate the preservation quality of the environment in the space?

Analysis using the Risks & Metrics table provides an automatic overview of the risk of natural aging, mold risk, metal corrosion, and mechanical damage based on collected data for every monitored location. The site includes easily accessible and understandable descriptions of the Preservation Metrics and the Environmental Risk Ratings (Good, OK, Risk) to help you analyze your data.

 

How is the environment in the space affecting the collections stored there?

The site’s Environmental Risk Ratings help you interpret four types of environmentally-induced risk (natural aging, mold risk, metal corrosion and mechanical damage) and understand what the ratings mean for specific materials and collection types. The Explore Materials feature in the eCNB Professional Level can identify how well the environment in a particular location meets the preservation needs of specific collection materials and will identify spaces better suited for storage of these materials.

 

What do I do to improve the preservation quality of the environment in the space?

Information included in the Fundamentals section of eCNB explains the effect of temperature and relative humidity on material and describes how quickly (or slowly) materials respond to changes in the environment. Strategies for reducing the risk of decay and improving the storage environment for preservation are detailed based on the specific risk rating that applies to your monitored location.

The Dew Point Calculator allows you to explore the relationship between temperature, RH, and dew point and to identify the best possible storage environment for your collections.

We encourage users to work with their facilities staff (web-based data is easily shared within your institution!) to improve the environment for preservation. Overlay graphs of indoor and outdoor data for the same space and time period to determine how much heating, cooling, humidification, and dehumidification is taking place. Overlaying graphs of indoor and outdoor dew point is particularly helpful in diagnosing HVAC system performance.

In addition to all of the above, Basic subscription levels of eCNB include generation of PDF reports and the ability to import data from a wide range of commonly used dataloggers. Professional levels add a number of key management features including an associated information database, several compare features, extensive search options, and systems for incorporating images and incident notes.