Introduction to EDDs

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Introduction to EDDs

The simplest definition of an Electronic Data Deliverable or EDD, is a data format that places a particular data item in a particular column.


Historically, EDDs were used primarily by analytical laboratories to deliver data in the format required by their client. In this case, the format definition was all that was needed.


However, the growing use of environmental data management systems, such as EQuIS, are changing the way EDDs are used. This makes data recorded manually in notebooks or field logs inefficient.


Electronic format takes advantage of analytical and modeling tools. Whereas the majority of EDD applications were related to analytical chemistry, now EDDs can contain all facets of environmental data including drilling information, lithology, water level information, and much more.


Traditionally distributed as spreadsheets, EarthSoft distributes EDDs in the form of Microsoft Excel workbooks.