We offer a hassle-free way to share data. A partnership among States, Tribes, Territories, and EPA, the Exchange Network helps agencies deliver critical environmental information without technical delays. Here’s how we do it:
- Automation – While most environmental data is already exchanged electronically, it’s not always exchanged automatically. The Exchange Network empowers its Partners to automate data-sharing and eliminate common compatibility problems.
- Standardization – Every piece of data has a structure. But data structures from one agency don’t always match the structures at another, making it difficult for organizations to use information. We use standard data structures that always match.
- Real-time access – Outdated data-sharing methods often cause delays. The Exchange Network delivers information through a secure Internet connection, which is faster and less time-consuming than typical data delivery systems.
Through these improvements, our Partners are better equipped to share data. Not only does the Exchange Network make it faster to exchange information with the EPA, but it also streamlines data-sharing within agencies, eliminating the need to physically move data to databases.
And our Partners are better able to fulfill their organizational missions. Here’s why:
- Better Data – Faulty data types and incorrect data structures can lower the quality of information shared among environmental agencies. Our standard data structures put better, more valuable data at our Partners’ fingertips.
- Better Decisions – High-quality data help Partners make informed choices that benefit the environment. Real-time access to information also means more timely decisions–and better environmental outcomes.
- Lower Costs – Technical setbacks are expensive. The Exchange Network streamlines the data-sharing process, saving time and money.
By making data more accessible, the Exchange Network is building the foundation for better environmental decision-making.