What is WebEDR?
The Web-Based Electronic Data Review (WebEDR) system is a Web-based system that performs an automated data assessment based on defined measurement quality objectives (Method MQOs) for a particular method and matrix (Method MQO). WebEDR processes electronic submissions against these Method MQOs by comparing data provided in an electronic submission against the measurement objectives and flags the data according to how it performed.
Who can use WebEDR?
Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN) laboratories and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data users.
What type of data can WebEDR process?
WebEDR can currently process Staged Electronic Data Deliverable (SEDD) 5.1 and 5.2 files, the Interim ERLN Electronic Data Deliverable (EDD) files, and ERLN Submission Types (Type 1, Type 1t, Type 2, and Type 3).
How do I obtain access to WebEDR?
Potential users of the system should register for access on the WebEDR website. Access the registration form by clicking on the ‘Sign Up Now!’ link, located on the homepage. All access requests will be reviewed by EPA and if appropriate, the request will be approved. The requesting user will be notified through email once their access is approved.
How do I log into WebEDR?
All users of WebEDR must have an approved account. To obtain an account, users must complete the registration form, which is accessible from the WebEDR homepage by clicking the ‘Sign Up Now!’ link. Once approved, users enter their username and password to log in.
I have forgotten my password. What do I do?
First, be sure you are entering the correct password. Note: passwords are case-sensitive. If existing users have forgotten their password, they can obtain a temporary password to log into WebEDR by clicking the ‘Forgot Password?’ link, which is found on the homepage. They must enter the requested information and use the system-generated temporary password to log in.
My account has been locked. What do I do?
The WebEDR Administrator will automatically be notified of any locked user accounts. Once an account has been unlocked, an email notification will be sent to the user.
How does WebEDR work?
WebEDR has two core components: electronic submissions and the method library. WebEDR requires an electronic submission that follows the ERLN-specified formats in order to ensure that the system can read and understand the data being submitted. WebEDR also requires a library of measurement quality objectives for methods in order to have something to compare the data against. When files are submitted by a laboratory, WebEDR reads the file, locates the defined Method MQOs, performs the quality objective tests, and flags the data according to how it performed against the tests. WebEDR provides additional functionality such as allowing Data Reviewers to modify the objectives that data are compared against, but the system relies on the electronic submissions and method library to perform the majority of its tasks.
Do I need any special software to use WebEDR?
No, WebEDR only requires an Internet connection and a browser that is at least Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 or higher.
What browser does WebEDR work best on?
What analytical methods can WebEDR process data for?
WebEDR currently processes data for SW-846, Drinking Water, Standardized Analytical Methods (SAM) (Radiological and Chemical), chemical warfare agents (CWA), and Contract Laboratory Program (CLP) methods.
What if the method I need is not in the WebEDR Method Library?
The WebEDR Method Library is the source for all the methods used in WebEDR. If the method needed is not an option found within WebEDR, the laboratory user must contact the customer of the project for assistance.
I cannot upload my file because it cannot pass the structure requirements. What do I do?
Review the WebEDR Structure Requirements document, which is accessible from the first step of the File Upload Wizard. This document provides troubleshooting guidelines to help resolve this error.
The deliverable’s Self Inspection results displays date format errors. What is the correct date format to use and how can I correct my data?
All data deliverables must use the standardized WebEDR date/time format (YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss). Any dates that do not meet this date standard must be corrected, either manually or through WebEDR’s date convertor feature. This feature provides the capability to correct date formats within the file, but it is the user’s responsibility to ensure that the dates are correctly converted.
I cannot upload my file because I receive a message that states a Final Submission for this data package has already occurred. What do I do?
Each data deliverable can only be submitted as a Final Submission once. Review the submitted files portion, ensuring that a prior submission did not take place. For additional assistance, contact the customer of the project. Also, check the name of the data package listed in the file to ensure it is the correct name.
How do I know if my electronic deliverable is ready for submission to EPA?
WebEDR requires that all laboratories perform at least one Self Inspection on their electronic submission before submitting it to EPA. Self Inspections, a function available within WebEDR, checks the file for structure and content issues that could prevent the system from processing a file or significantly reduce the amount of valid results. The Self Inspection provides the laboratory with a list of issues they should correct before submitting. Through the Self Inspections Results pages, certain errors can be corrected. Laboratories can perform as many Self Inspections on a file as they wish before submitting, in order to ensure that their submission is complete.
I have submitted my EDD, but forgot to include the supporting documentation. What should I do?
Supporting documentation must be uploaded prior to the Final Submission of the EDD. However, if the EDD has already been submitted, laboratory users can access the ‘Upload Supporting Documentation’ feature available in the Submitted Files section of the Laboratory Workspace.
How will I know if the laboratory data I submitted has been reviewed?
A deliverable’s current review status is displayed within the Submitted Files table on the Laboratory Workspace. As Data Reviewers access submitted data, they have the ability to change a deliverable’s review status. Possible options are: Pending Review, Under Review, Reviewed, and Archived.
What information is available for my assessment review?
WebEDR provides Data Reviewers with several tools to assist in their assessment review. Primarily, the results provided by WebEDR are the most important for a Data Reviewer as they provide the final qualifier flags assigned to target substances of field-generated samples. In addition to the standard results, Data Reviewers have the ability to re-process a submission against a user-defined Method MQO. A user-defined Method MQO provides a Data Reviewer with the ability to modify the WebEDR’s defined measurement objectives in order to tailor them to their specific needs. Data Reviewers also have the ability to review the Self Inspection recommendations made to a laboratory, download the laboratory’s originally uploaded EDD and their officially submitted EDD, view comments the laboratory made with their submission, view any supporting documentation including the Data Reporting Portable Document Format (PDF), and download results.
Are the Method MQOs in WebEDR available in a downloadable format?
Yes, Data Reviewers can download a Method MQO as a PDF when viewing the Method MQO.
How will I know when a laboratory has submitted a file for review?
As part of the laboratory file upload process, the laboratory user is asked to designate the data customer and provide an email address. The person identified here will be notified through email when a submission has been made.
Who can access my uploaded/submitted files?
Data users can only view submissions for their assigned project.
Who can access my user-defined methods/mappings?
User-defined methods and user-defined mappings are unique to the individuals who created them. Other users of the system are not able to access this information unless a user proposes a user-defined method to another user. This can be performed through the ‘Send Method MQO’ feature available on the View Method MQO page.
Are the results in WebEDR available in a downloadable format?
Yes, Data Reviewers can export WebEDR results into various reports including a summary report, substance report, and a Scribe-compatible file. Data Reviewers can also select the file format for the results such as Microsoft Excel (.xls), Comma Separated Values (.csv), and text files (.txt).