EPA’s Terminology Services is a suite of tools and services intended to address issues related to information management. These are:
- Understanding EPA: EPA programs often define terms and acronyms differently, or use different terms to mean the same thing. Understanding the terms EPA uses is essential to properly interpret information used in decision making. To be transparent, EPA needs to provide access to its terminology.
- Information Access: Making EPA’s information ‘findable’ requires that it be cataloged and indexed. Terminology Services provides the tools and services needed to develop and manage vocabularies used to catalog and index EPA’s information assets. It also provides various export options and direct links to vocabularies to expand access where needed.
Terminology Services is part of the work of the Office of Mission Support's Data Standards Branch. In addition to support from Branch staff, access to contractor support for terminology development can be arranged.
The Data Standards Branch has purchased an enterprise license for Synaptica KMS. This software is used for creating and managing terminology. After appropriate training, access to this tool is available at no cost to EPA program offices. Other partners should contact the Data Standards Branch at ETSS_Admin@epa.gov for further information.