The National Renewable Energy Lab, in partnership with the USDA National Agricultural Library, has developed a comprehensive LCI data documentation and publication handbook and implemented a streamlined, transparent, user-focused publication workflow. The handbook outlines how to prepare your data for publication on the USLCI, including: metadata descriptors, nomenclature, categorization, and the representation of flows and processes. There are detailed descriptions on how to use openLCA to prepare your data, and how NREL will support the publication of your work. The USLCI data handbook and publication tools are fully aligned and compliant with the emerging Federal LCA Commons data guidelines.
This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the USLCI data handbook, how it is to be used, and the value it provides to the USLCI data submitters and the end-users of USLCI data. The course will also walk through the publication workflow from local file to published dataset on lcacommons.gov using openLCA and the LCA Collaboration Server (repository and version control software developed through a cooperative agreement between USDA and GreenDelta). At the end of the course, the user will have a clear understanding of the what, why, and how of LCI data publication on the USLCI, and gain deeper insight into the Federal LCA Commons.