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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/01.PHH.0000338363.20962.f5
Technology to Drive Information

Describing Environmental Public Health Data: Implementing a Descriptive Metadata Standard on the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network

Patridge, Jeff MA; Namulanda, Gonza MS

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The Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network provides an opportunity to bring together diverse environmental and health effects data by integrating}?> local, state, and national databases of environmental hazards, environmental exposures, and health effects. To help users locate data on the EPHT Network, the network will utilize descriptive metadata that provide critical information as to the purpose, location, content, and source of these data. Since 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's EPHT Metadata Subgroup has been working to initiate the creation and use of descriptive metadata. Efforts undertaken by the group include the adoption of a metadata standard, creation of an EPHT-specific metadata profile, development of an open-source metadata creation tool, and promotion of the creation of descriptive metadata by changing the perception of metadata in the public health culture.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



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