Kristina Voigt (Author to whom correspondence should be addressed GSF — National Research Center for Environment and Health, Institute for Biomathematics and Biometry, Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, D‐85764 Neuherberg, Germany)
Rainer Brüggemann (Institute for Fresh Water Ecology and Inland Fisheries D — 12587 Berlin, Germany)

Online and CD-Rom Review

ISSN: 1353-2642

Publication date: 1 April 1998


The large number and big variety of online databases in the field of environmental sciences and chemistry underlines the need for a comparative evaluation approach. In this paper 12 evaluation criteria are presented. The criteria are divided into: • general criteria: SI (size of the data‐source), CO (cost of one hour online searching), UP (update of online database), and AV (availability on other media) • chemical‐relevant criteria: NU (number of chemicals), ID (identification parameter for chemicals), CT (testset chemicals), CD (development of chemicals) • environmental‐relevant criteria: IP (information parameters for chemical substances), PD (parameter development) and • criteria describing environmental chemicals: US (use of chemical substances), QU (quality of database). A six number scoring system is applied on these criteria. Furthermore a comparative evaluation approach, the so‐called Hasse‐diagram‐technique is presented for 19 bibliographic online databases using the criteria mentioned above. In this approach maximals (‘good’ databases) and minimals (‘bad’ databases) can be identified, for example. Using the Hasse‐diagram‐technique changes in the database content from 1995 to 1998 applied on the 19 databases can be visualised.


Voigt, K. and Brüggemann, R. (1998), "EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND CHEMICAL DATABASES", Online and CD-Rom Review, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 247-262. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb024674

Download as .RIS




Copyright © 1998, MCB UP Limited

Please note you might not have access to this content

You may be able to access this content by login via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
If you would like to contact us about accessing this content, click the button and fill out the form.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.