Hardware/Software Requirements The requirements needed to run an operational copy of STORET for actual management of monitoring data are listed below. To access the STO R E T Data Warehouse, only a Web browser is needed. EPA’s repository The minimum hardware requirements are: for water quality, ■ Pentium II 200 MHz or equivalent processor biological, and ■ 128 MB RAM physical data. ■ CD-ROM drive ■ 300 MB free hard disk space (software only installation) ■ 2 GB free hard disk space (software and database installation). The minimum software requirements are: ■ Windows 98/NT/2000/XP ■ STORET System v2.0 CD-ROM ■ Oracle Connection: – Database on Workstation - Personal Oracle v8.1.7 - or - – Database on Server - Oracle Server v8.1.7 or higher. User Support and Training Contact Information: EPA provides training and user support for For more information, visit the STORET Web states and other organizations interested in site, www.epa.gov/STORET, or contact the using STORET. Training sessions are scheduled EPA STORET assistance hotline at according to need. You can view a list of currently 1-800-424-9067, or at STORET@epa.gov. scheduled trainings on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/storet/training.html. Electronic copies of this document along with Requests for training can be made through many others are available online at your EPA STORET Regional Coordinator. www.epa.gov/STORET User support can be obtained by calling 1-800-424-9067 or by e-mailing EPA841-F-03-007, February 2004 US EPA, MC 4503T, Washington, DC 20460 STORET@epa.gov. Who should use STORET? ■ Projects: The activities during which or for STORET is a U.S. Environ- STORET is a useful data management tool for which the data set was created. mental Protection Agency any organization that collects water quality moni- ■ Sites: Information that identifies and describes (EPA) database of ambient toring information. Agencies and individuals can the physical location at which monitoring use STORET to query and access data available occurs. environmental data relating to in the national repository. STORET is a powerful ■ Samples: Water quality samples, observations, water quality. The original STORET tool because it makes data collected in a geographic and measurements; comprehensive descriptors of was developed in the 1960s, and today the location by multiple agencies available in one the event during which samples were collected database. Organizations that enter data into or measurements performed. system continues to serve as EPA’s principal STORET maintain control by managing the data repository for marine, freshwater, and ■ Results: The findings of the sampling events, in a local copy of the database. Agencies can then measurements, and field activities. biological monitoring data. STORET is export finalized data and provide them to EPA for inclusion in the national Data Warehouse. currently used by a variety of groups, What data can be managed in STORET? including federal agencies, states, tribes, Data currently managed in STORET include: local governments, academic groups, STORET Architecture ■ More than 300,000 taxa with Client A Client B full hierachy for benthic macro- SD SD watershed and volunteer monitoring PR O PR O invertebrates, fish species, and organizations, and the public. of si k aton Pr es onal Wor st i 6000 of si k aton Pr es onal Wor st i 6000 periphyton Local STORET EPA National Local STORET ■ Thousands of chemical parame- STORET Database ters, including dissolved oxygen, Benefits of using STORET pH, salinity, and conductivity STORET is a nationally consistent framework ■ Physical characteristics, including measurements for water quality data. This common framework Server Server of substrate, stream canopy, and habitat enables users to share data across multiple organi- ■ Field sampling and monitoring methods zations. Once data are entered into STORET, (quantitative and qualitative) Public Client C agencies will always have access to their data in SD SD Graphics and text documents (e.g., jpegs PR O PR O ■ the event of internal data losses or staff turnover. of si k at Pr es onal Wor st i 6000 on of si k aton Pr es onal Wor st i 6000 and pdfs) STORET eliminates the need for organizations Server to develop and maintain separate databases for Main components included in STORET each type of monitoring activity. STORET is maintained by EPA, which reduces database ■ Data Entry Module: Interface for data to be maintenance costs for participating agencies. entered into STORET Database Organization ■ STORET Import Module (SIM): Module used Other benefits include the following: The data in STORET can be grouped into five to import configured data into STORET from ■ Users can generate data reports. main categories: other databases ■ STORET supports Data Logger results. ■ Organization: The agency responsible for ■ Report Module: Module for generating reports collecting and otherwise generating the data or about the data in STORET ■ The system uses automated procedures to upload data into STORET. for sponsoring the activity for which the data ■ Data Warehouse: STORET data that are set was created. accessible to the public via a Web browser.
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