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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.