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Summary of National Dialogue Session With EPA-EU Ecoinformatics Technical Collaboration

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
April 8, 2008

As part of the National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information, EPA engaged with international and domestic environmental information experts at a gathering of the European Union-Environmental Protection Agency (EU-EPA) Ecoinformatics Technical Collaboration group in April 2008.  This is a summary of the findings discussed during the session. 

This session provided EPA the opportunity to discuss the National Dialogue with a unique audience focused on international issues, data standards, and environmental indicators.  The discussion was focused on eliciting comparative case studies, best practices, and information needs of international, national, and federal environmental agencies.  From the session, it was clear that all participants face the same challenges with providing data access, but each organization has a different balance depending on their audience, purpose, and context.

Comments on EPA Website

How Their Agencies Prioritize Access

Current Challenges

Web 2.0: Experiences and Challenges

General Advice and Best Practices

Participants from:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
Environment Canada
Joint Research Centre (European Commission)
European Environment Agency
United Nations Environment Programme
US EPA Office of Environmental Information.

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