Title: Indoor Air Monitoring: Sharing and accessing data via the Information Platform for chemical monitoring (IPCHEM)
Authors: KEPHALOPOULOS STYLIANOSBOPP STEPHANIEDALLA COSTA SILVIACUSINATO ALBERTOLIPŞA DORELIAGEISS OTMAR
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYGIENE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH vol. 227 no. 113515 p. 1-10
Publisher: ELSEVIER GMBH, URBAN & FISCHER VERLAG
Publication Year: 2020
JRC N°: JRC118839
ISSN: 1438-4639 (online)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC118839
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2020.113515
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Background: The European Commission to promote a more coherent approach to the generation, collection, storage and use of chemical monitoring data in relation to humans and the environment has developed and put in place the Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring Data (IPCHEM). Objectives: This paper describes the specific development of the IPCHEM thematic module ‘Products and Indoor Air Monitoring’ which aims to facilitate the retrieval of and access to existing and future chemical monitoring data sources stemming from national monitoring programs of EU Member States and EU funded projects. The current development focusses on harmonised data and metadata templates and code lists related to indoor air monitoring data. Methods: The extension and revision of the IPCHEM metadata and data collection templates for indoor air monitoring data was based on harmonisation and standardisation efforts on the development of indoor air monitoring protocols and guidelines for monitoring indoor pollution attributed to chemical and biological stressors, which were undertaken by European Commission Services, EU funded projects and research networks and EU Members States. Results: Three indoor air monitoring data collections have been integrated into IPCHEM and a list of ten candidate data collections for potential integration were identified and prioritised. A different level of importance was attributed to the enhanced metadata and data elements (mandatory, recommended, optional) to allow for their flexible applicability by end users. These elements should be provided for reaching the required quality in the data documentation as well as for ensuring a correct data traceability and interpretation. Conclusions: The proposed enhanced metadata and data models of the IPCHEM thematic module “Products and Indoor Air Monitoring data” can be used by data providers when planning and setting up their future indoor air monitoring campaigns, or to further mapping and harmonising data elements of their existing data collections for further integration into IPCHEM. This will boost the effective implementation of the coordinated and decentralised approach established by the European for collecting, accessing and sharing existing and future indoor air monitoring data and turning them into practical advice for policy making.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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