Data from any source can be stored into PEP by manually uploading it, e.g. using the
pepcli utility. Users can automate the invocation of
pepcli, e.g. to upload data that becomes available periodically or that can otherwise be processed algorithmically. Such automation and other integrations are provided out of the box by PEP for the Castor Electronic Data Capturing (EDC) system.
When the Castor EDC is used in a (scientific biomedical research) study to gather data on subjects, PEP can be configured to assist in several tasks. With proper configuration:
- PEP ensures that Castor records are created for participants when they are registered into PEP.
pepAssessorGUI application provides buttons to access participants' Castor records without needing to look them up manually.
- Data entered into Castor can be automatically and/or periodically imported into PEP.
The first two aspects ensure that assessors create and find proper Castor records for participants during data gathering. This minimizes manual work, and helps ensure that data entered into Castor ends up in the correct record, improving data quality. The import facility stores Castor data into PEP, which can then ensure that it is stored safely and distributed in a controlled fashion.