• Characterizing the user community (e.g., who are they?)

  • Responding to the needs of different user communities (e.g., scientific, commercial, public, education)

  • Educating and reaching out to users about the application and significance of data and information holdings


  • Implementing an information technology strategy that includes

    • usability

    • performance

    • access

    • security

    • migration (data and software)

    • technology tracking

  • Maintaining in-house expertise to acquire and/or develop appropriate hardware and software

  • Knowledge and use of appropriate national and international data standards


  • Maintaining the science capability to judge the quality of the data/ integrity of the holdings

  • Encouraging user feedback

  • Promoting local innovation and initiative

  • Interacting and cooperating with other NOAA units to address common issues and avoid duplication of effort

  • Possessing a vision for NGDC

  • Having sufficient resources to carry out the NGDC mission

  • Quality of the workforce

  • Receiving regular input from and responding to an independent user advisory group

  • Maintaining a program of active visiting scientists/having a superscientist on staff

  • Leveraging NGDC activities with resources from other institutions

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