Data integrity is key for sound business decisions. Insuring data integrity in any industry is important but when it comes to our environment, it takes on a special kind of importance to the future of the human race. This interesting topic came to us from Cleanroom Technology in their article, “How digitalising your EM data will boost your data integrity.”

Many environmental monitoring teams initially record results on a paper-based worksheet system, to later be transcribed to further paper-based systems, legacy databases, or spreadsheets for analysis. This duplication and manual recording process exposes vulnerabilities in the process and allows for data corruption.

Not only is this wasting precious time which could otherwise be used for second checks or innovation, but if using multiple systems for environmental monitoring, there is a strong likelihood of a breach in the ALCOA+ principles of data integrity.

Maintaining the integrity is an important part of the data management process, as is findability. Whatever you are searching for, it is important to have a comprehensive search feature and quality indexing against a standards-based taxonomy. Choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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