ICEDM Best Management Practices Group

The International Conference of Environmental Data Management (ICEDM) has been a fantastic forum for networking and collaboration among industry leaders in the environmental data management industry. This collaborative atmosphere has resulted in the formation of the ICEDM Best Management Practices Group (ICEDM BMP Group). The Group’s mission is to provide vendor and platform-neutral guidance documents defining the best management practices for the environmental data management industry.

Our goal for our first year is to publish four best management practice documents following the 2017 ICEDM. The themes of the first  documents were chosen from the most commonly discussed topics during previous conferences:

Analytical/Lab EDDs
The Analytical/Lab EDD sub-committee is looking into best practice management of EDDs within the lifecycle of an Environmental Data Management system/workflow. The committee has identified a number of interesting topics to cover, including the management of ‘data qualifiers’ within EDDs as they are passed between project stakeholders, how data calculations should be reported in EDDs, and how an EDD should be audited and archived. The initial goal of the sub-committee will be to create a white paper looking into the ‘Minimum Requirements for a Global Standardised EDD Structure for Laboratory Data’, which is planned to be presented in April/May 2017.

Data Management Plan
The Data Management Plan subcommittee is working on delivering a content template for environmental data management plans. The content template will be a stand-alone part of our white paper, and our intent is for this template to be reused and adapted for any appropriate project. The white paper will address some of the central concerns raised in previous ICEDM meetings including: what are the key benefits in having a data management plan; what key content is recommended in an effective plan for an environmental project; how do we address unconventional and new data sources/types; what is the difference between a data management plan and a QAPP, QMP, sampling plan etc; and, what key content is required now or may be required in the future by national and local regulatory bodies. 

Historical Data Migration
From field measurements to laboratory results, lithology to well construction data, having a unified data management system is a key component for efficient environmental site analysis and reporting. To build a centralized system often involves incorporating historical data from legacy systems or documents. The historical/legacy data sub-committee is reviewing and documenting best management practices for handling and documenting historical data. The sub-committee's initial white paper topic addresses the process of and quality considerations in evaluating/auditing historical data. We look forward to presenting the white paper at the 2017 ICEDM.

 Valid Values
The Valid Values subcommittee is developing a best practice white paper that will address the process for managing valid values in an environmental database for the long-term success of an environmental project.  This process includes the responsibilities of the data management team members for identifying, approving, updating, and communication valid value changes to members of a project team, throughout an organization, and externally to data providers and regulatory stakeholders.  Additional information will identify popular valid value tables that are frequently included in an environmental data management system with authoritative resources that can be referenced for confirming appropriate valid values.  The goal is to provide this information in a format that can be adopted by an organization based on their size and data management system in place.

If you would like to learn more about the ICEDM Best Management Practices Groups, please contact Dan or Sarah.