How is ESdat different from other environmental data systems?
Designed for a scientific / engineering user base
Many environmental database systems have been developed over the decades, some fairly successfully,
mostly however they require a degree in IT to really get the most out of them.
ESdat is designed so that users who have a strong scientific or engineering
background will find the software intuitive, and are best positioned to use the
software to it's full potential, without the need for extensive training.
ESdat is not a system where you select the data you want, dump it to Excel, and
start cutting and pasting. ESdat allows you to interactively filter and
view your data in usable formats, as tables, graphs, or on a map. The
ability to analyze the data on an ad-hoc basis is central to the software.
ESdat comes with a standard "core" data structure. However, users are free
to add their own data columns to existing tables, or their own additional
tables to the database. Users can also create their own data "views" or "queries"
incorporating their own logic and calculations and analyze these in ESdat just like they
do the standard ones.
ESdat is designed to capture most of what people
will ever want, and be customizable to capture anything a bit different.
This allows ESdat to avoid undue complexity in the "standard" deployment, while meeting the specific needs of all users.