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Application of MatML to Contaminant Emissions Data.

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Begley, E.; Howard-Reed, C.

ASTM Standardization News, 52-59, October 2005.


emissions; contaminants; databases; mapping; indoor air quality


Standard data formats are generally employed because they save time and money by promoting interoperability - that is, by facilitating data exchange and preserving information for re-use - and are available for a wide variety of business, scientific, and technological domains. MatML, for example, is an extensible markup language (XML) used for the management and exchange of materials property data. During the October 2004 ASTM Committee D22 Conference on Indoor Emissions Testing, MatML was introduced as a format suitable for contaminant source emission rate data. This article describes how these data are composed into MatML documents and provides guidance to anyone who might want to use MatML to manage and exchange other forms of materials property data that are at present stored in legacy relational databases. Data on volatile organic compound (VOC) source emission rates are used to illustrate the method.