The Exchange Network makes data sharing easier, leading to better decision-making.
States, Territories, Tribes, and EPA exchange large quantities of data about the environment. This information helps policymakers, interest groups, and the public understand environmental problems, make informed decisions, and follow regulations.
But there have been problems with the information exchange. Incompatible computer systems, manual data entry, and non-identical data structures are just some of the difficulties faced by agencies sharing environmental information. These issues have made it harder to access and use environmental data, and they have made sharing information very inefficient.
That’s why the Exchange Network exists. It was created to provide a way to share data in a standardized, open format, make data exchange more efficient and less costly. The Network empowers Partners to overcome the hurdles to effective data exchange so they can make better decisions–faster.
Environmental managers are more effective when they can efficiently access data. They are more likely to make timely decisions in critical situations and be better able to respond to environmental emergencies in meaningful ways. The Exchange Network makes environmental data more accessible to everyone, and that helps environmental agencies do their jobs better….and when they do their jobs better, the environment benefits.
The Exchange Network offers a better way to share environmental data, an arrangement that leads to better outcomes for government agencies, citizens, and the environment.