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CADDIS Volume 5: Causal Databases

Interactive Conceptual Diagrams (ICDs)

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About conceptual diagrams

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What you are able to do in the ICD application is determined by two closely related concepts: your user role, and the mode of the application in which you’re operating.

There are three user roles defined in the ICD:

  • Public users are any users who do not register in the ICD application. They have access to View mode of the ICD application, for EPA-constructed diagrams.
  • Registered users are any users that self-register in (and then log in to) the ICD application. They have access to View and Edit modes of the application, for all diagrams that have been set as registered user-viewable by the diagrams’ creators.
  • Admin users are registered users that have been granted administrative privileges. As with other registered users, admin users are not able to view any diagrams that have not been designated as registered user-viewable by the diagrams’ creators.

Your user role determines which of the ICD application’s two modes you can access [for more information see the Viewing and Editing ICDs tabs and the complete ICD User Guide (53 pp, 4.3MB, About PDF)]:

  • View mode allows you to select shapes within an open diagram and obtain citations for supporting literature—that is, references suggesting that linkages among the selected shapes can occur.
  • Edit mode allows you to modify existing diagrams, create new diagrams, and link new or existing supporting literature to those diagrams. It also allows you to designate other registered users as collaborators, granting them permission to view and/or modify any diagram you create (even if it is not designated as viewable by all registered users).

To register for the ICD application, click the Register button to the right of the View mode toolbar (the toolbar displayed when you first enter the application), or go directly to the EPA portal.

  • If you have an EPA LAN account, log in to the portal using your LAN id and password. You need to request access to the CADDIS community, so click Community Access >> Request Access to Communities, check CADDIS in the list, and click Save Groups. You will receive an email when access to the CADDIS community is granted, and you can then log in to the ICD application as a registered user, using your LAN id and password.
  • If you do not have an EPA LAN account, click the Request Access to EPA Portal link on the EPA Portal Log in screen. Complete the Self-Registration form, using Kate Schofield as the EPA Contact Name, schofield.kate@epa.gov as the EPA Contact's Email Address, and (703) 347-8533 as the EPA Contact's Phone Number. Under "Select the Community or Application for which you are requesting access" choose CADDIS, then accept the EPA Privacy & Security Notice and click Submit. You will receive an email when access to the CADDIS community is granted, and you can then log in to the ICD application as a registered user, using the user name and password you provided during registration.

Remember—you only need to register once. Once you have successfully registered (and been granted access to the CADDIS community), you can simply log in to the ICD application on all subsequent visits. For more information on registering for and logging in to the ICD application, see the ICD User Guide (53 pp, 4.3MB, About PDF).


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