Data entry services are primarily utilized by businesses that desire to digitize their paper-based processes and reduce paper use in their offices. Data entry has more creative uses as well, such as when used in major projects to create databases and facilitate communication among various stakeholders. While data entry and digitization itself is an effective means to go green, it is also being used innovatively within “green” businesses.
Take the case of Symbiosis Center Denmark that established a company database containing information about resource streams that can be potentially matched for the creation of new symbioses. The Center has obtained information about what resources companies want to reduce and/or allocate. It is this information that is structured in a database for use in future projects so that possibilities for symbiosis matching can be enhanced and the knowledge gained through earlier and future projects can be further validated. Such a database is significant because it would provide the overview and search possibilities required to identify and match companies in collaborative configurations for mutual economic benefit; for the benefit of the environment; and for competitiveness in the global market.
This collaborative initiative is a great support to many industries particularly those that deal in excessive amounts of waste materials. Dumping or disposing of waste materials is a major challenge, when relocating/disposing it elsewhere could be expensive. The concern is bigger when the waste materials are not biodegradable and create unclean and unhealthy eco systems. Many of these industries are now collaborating to dispose of waste materials in an eco-friendly manner. Industrial waste or scrap products are often repurchased by other companies for various purposes and applications. However, the process of purchasing could be made difficult by problems such as location, lack of advertising, and transportation among others. This is where a shared database and data entry services become significant. The database system connects various industries to one another for the purpose of recycling industrial waste materials. This kind of collaboration facilitates a green environment and reduces pollution because the waste is being used to build or add on to other creations.
Another initiative that merits from a shared database system is the theme of Eco-industrial parks that imitate natural ecological systems. Various businesses collaborate to manage energy resources, water resources and raw materials, and reduce the consumption of these vital resources. An eco-industrial park is created by the collaboration of these companies in a particular location to share materials and common areas or transportation apart from linking electronically to share information about the materials. Here again, data entry becomes very relevant with huge quantities of linked data and online databases being uploaded into community servers allowing all participants to access. In case the participants cannot be in one location, virtual eco parks are created to transcend the geographical limitations and facilitate recycling, manufacturing, repurposing, and receiving and selling of raw materials. For virtual eco parks, the data can be structured so that buyers and sellers can view data in specific categories relevant to their field instead of complete access to the entire database. This kind of categorizing enables more efficient handling of commerce between industries.
Green Manufacturing and Green Competencies
Green Competencies signify environment-conscious business practices and strategies focusing on end-of-life products. Various companies in almost all business fields practice this. The objective is to obtain value from reusing products – it could be from spare parts, repair/remanufacturing, recycling, safe waste disposal. Such business practices and strategies require careful data entry, and OCR systems for intelligent character recognition – the product details have to be entered and converted into formats suitable to be used across various online systems, accessed on mobile devices, or processed for use as contracts, labor and parts production forms. Data entry becomes useful in the following Green Manufacturing areas.
- Zero emissions or closed loop hybrid car manufacturing: Cost and emissions calculations are made from information derived from detailed data mining and intricate spreadsheets. With data entry from closed course tests, gas efficiency as compared to traditional counterparts of hybrid cars is also determined.
- Innovative data entry is used in Green Infrastructure or Green Landscaping. This business model aims to design landscapes that work symbiotically with the native landscape. Here, image data entry is required with bulk amounts of images being scanned into systems for further research and analysis by scientists, botanists, and agriculturalists. The objective is to determine the practicality of landscaping a given location.
Thus it is clear that data entry services have a larger role to play in eco innovation with accurate entry of data ensuring that the correct information is used to bring about a better environment. Eco-conscious industries can come together to save energy, resources and time. As for data entry, apart from creating green workspaces, it aids in the growth and successes of businesses, and ensures a clean and healthy environment.