Improving the Quality of Environmental Data

EPA’s Data Standards are managed by the Data Standards Branch (DSB) within the Office of Environmental Information (OEI). DSB works closely with Federal agencies, states, tribes, and other information trading partners to develop data standards. By its nature the program is a part of EPA’s Enterprise-wide Data Architecture and EPA’s Quality Systems.

The use of data standards across EPA's multiple program offices provides consistently defined and formatted data elements and sets of data values which provide the public access to more meaningful data.

The benefits of EPA’s data standards are those as are applicable to any standard:

Standards also promote quality – EPA's goal is high quality information delivered in an efficient way to the people who need it.

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