• The need for an improved information network and its potential benefits are clear.
  • The foundations of an information network are already in place.
  • Recent advances in technology provide the mechanism for establishing a network.
  • Successful implementation of the DIN concept will require a commitment of resources from a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
  • The products of a DIN should be based from the outset on users' needs.
  • A major focus of a DIN should be on integration of various data types.
  • Data and information quality and reliability are major issues that need to be addressed.
  • An effective dissemination and access plan is critical to the success of any information network.
  • The GDIN Transition Team should focus initially on establishing a national DIN (i.e., with a U.S. focus), but the model should be extended to a global process (GDIN) as soon as it can be demonstrated that a DIN is technically and organizationally feasible.

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