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Tribal Data Toolbox Web-Based Course:

Course Description:
The Tribal Data Toolbox is a completely free, stand-alone database tool designed specifically for tribal air programs. The Toolbox can store and manage all ambient air monitoring data, including criteria pollutants (both manual filter and continuous methods), meteorological data, QC and audit data, as well as administrative information such as personnel, site information, and equipment tracking. The Tribal Data Toolbox provides a mechanism for reviewing and validating data and incorporates the US EPA QA Handbook validation templates, so that a user can see what EPA recommends, but the tribal user is at all times in charge of how their data is validated, interpreted, and reported. AQS data files, summary and detailed reports, as well as many customizable charts can be used, printed, and excerpted for reports or presentations of the data, as well as export to other MS programs such as Excel. The Toolbox is a form-driven, user-friendly Microsoft Access database; no previous Access experience is necessary, however a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows applications is required. Users of the Tribal Data Toolbox are provided with SOPs for each step which the tribe can use as data review, validation, and reporting SOPs.

Online material (text and multi-media) will be interspersed with assignments in which participants practice the skills introduced during the modules. Every exercise is accompanied by at least one video which demonstrates the exercise, as well as diagrams, examples, and written materials.

Live webinars will not be held for this course, but ITEP will assist individually with the installation of the Toolbox and any questions via GoToMeeting, and participants are encouraged to email or call the instructors for assistance.

Topics include:
  • Entering and modifying personnel, site, and equipment data

  • Entering and using Quality Control (QC) data

  • Importing continuous (PM10, PM2.5, and gaseous pollutants) and manual (PM 2.5 and 10 filter) method data files

  • Importing meteorological data files

  • Reviewing, qualifying (flagging) and invalidating data

  • Generating reports and charts both as summary information and to assist you in interpreting your data

  • Generating AQS-formatted data files

Participants must be currently monitoring or collecting relevant data. The following ITEP courses (or equivalent training/experience) are required:

  • Introduction to Tribal Air Quality

  • Air Quality Computations

  • Air Pollution Technology

For more information, please contact:
Lydia Scheer, Training Coordinator
Tel: 928/523-6887

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Last updated: February 3, 2014


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