organization and permits staff to continue improving their skills. This pool of experience also makes it easier to train new staff.

  • Added focus on nontechnical issues. CDIAC staff recognize that data management and distribution are not just a technical exercise. Equal emphasis is given to organizational and motivational issues. A major factor contributing to the center's success is that it is operated as a long-term program with secure funding at a consistent level.

  • Ability to be selective in accepting data sets. The center is not required to accept all data sets that may be submitted to them. Its ability to be selective means there is less danger of staff overload; as a result they can spend the time needed for intensive QA/QC and documentation.

  • Good working relationship with sponsor. Finally, the center has a good relationship with its sponsoring agency, the Department of Energy. The staff identified a single person, Fred Kuminoff, as CDIAC's champion during its initial years. The current management maintains a commitment to providing data-related services and has helped focus CDIAC on a role it could fulfill effectively.


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