Introducing eClimateNotebook.com

eClimateNotebook GraphsThe Environmental Team at IPI is very happy to announce the release of eClimateNotebook.com (eCNB). eCNB is a web-based environmental data management system designed to help archives, libraries, and museums document, analyze, and improve the storage environment for long-term preservation. Previous generations of this system include IPI's former data management websites, PEMdata.com and MyClimateData.com, as well as our original desktop software, Climate Notebook®.

IPI’s research into the role that the environment plays in the long-term preservation of collection materials was the genesis of eCNB. Knowing that temperature and relative humidity impact the rate of decay in most materials, we developed tools and publications to help preservation staff understand the impact of their real-life environment on their own collections. Our goal was to develop a way to transform environmental data into tools applicable to the daily task of collection stewardship. This led to the development of IPI’s Preservation Metrics™.

Preservation Metrics became the cornerstone of IPI's approach to managing the environment for preservation. Climate Notebook®, the first data management software program that IPI developed, used Preservation Metrics to illustrate the impact the environment has on all types of collection materials. Climate Notebook was a very effective tool for illustrating and analyzing environmental risk but it lacked the ability to search and manage datasets. Users with large numbers of storage and exhibit spaces to manage needed the ability to organize and search subsets of data or to easily link to information associated with storage locations. What collection materials are in this space? Which mechanical system provides this environment? What happened on a particular date to cause a fluctuation in the temperature or humidity? To meet these needs, IPI developed MyClimateData.com, our first web-based data management system. This site was initially used by colleagues at the National Museum of Denmark, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. The site was also field tested by a group of 15 museum and library research partners during an IMLS-funded research and development project. MyClimateData was a robust tool, particularly for large institutions, because it centralized data within a searchable database and made it easier for staff throughout an institution to access up-to-date and complete environmental data. Around the same time, IPI developed PEMdata.com to accompany the release of the PEM2® datalogger. Also web-based, PEMdata provided a simple, streamlined approach to storing and graphing data from IPI’s own PEM and PEM2 loggers.

MyClimateData incorporated a number of management, search, and analysis features for large institutions, but it was complicated to use and time-consuming for users to develop the associated database of information. PEMdata continuously evolved to meet user needs, incorporating additional analysis features and educational information to help users learn from their data. Development, maintenance, and technical support for both web-based systems and Climate Notebook desktop software took a great deal of staff time. It made sense to focus our efforts on developing one unified system that would assimilate the strengths of our existing data management systems into a single, unified platform. Incorporating a range of “levels” within the system allows us to meet the needs of a variety of users. Using the web enables us to provide all system upgrades automatically to users and allows them to transition seamlessly from one level of data management and analysis to another. Charging an annual subscription rate based on the number of location datasets and institutional users (there is also a free level) will support the development of new features needed by users, serve our mission, and allow us to continue to provide the free technical support and professional advice that we do.

 

To access demos of eCNB

Launch Basic Demo     |     Launch Professional Demo

You won’t be able to enter or change information but you can view all the features included in the site. You can always sign up for a free account to upload your own data to try before you buy as well (or keep the free version if you have 3 datasets or less). Please feel free to contact IPI if you have any questions about eClimateNotebook.

The development of each of these tools was made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the  Institute of Museum and Library Services