The U.S. Global Change Data and Information System Implementation Plan


A Report by the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Research



Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Research (CENR)
Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR)
Interagency Working Group on Data Management for Global Change (IWGDMGC)

Executive Summary

1. Introduction

The Global Change Data and Information System
Implementation Principles
Measures of Success

2. Implementation Coordination

Program Management
GCDIS Coordination
External Coordination
Policy Coordination
User Coordination

3. Users and the GCDIS

Diversity of the Users
The Problem Domain of the Users
The Uses of the Data and Information by the User
Organizational and Group Affiliation of Users
Libraries and Information Centers as Intermediaries and Facilitators
Implications of the User Attributes on the GCDIS
User Support

4. Content System Implementation

Conceptual View of GCDIS Content
Scope of Content Subgroup
Coordination of Content Implementation
Data and Information Identification, Acquisition, and Priorities
Production of Derived, Value- Added Data Products and Services
Supporting Functions
National Policy Issue Data and Information
Emerging Trends

5. Access System Implementation by Functional Areas

Access System Overview
Coordinating Access Implementation
Access Services
User Support and Outreach
Order Placement
Archive Function
Distribution Functions
Billing and Related Administrative Functions
Information Functions and Services
State and Local Government Access
International Access

6. Agency Implementation

Programmatic Guidance and Milestones
Overall Schedule Goals
Agency Implementation
The Evolution of the GCDIS

7. International Links and Coordination

Existing International Data and Information Systems and Services
International Mechanisms for Planning, Coordinating, and Implementing


A. Data Capture

Data and Information Sources
The Special Issue
Data Capture Activities
Fiscal Requirements

B. Agency Implementation Overviews

The Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of the Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture

C. List of Acronyms and Abbreviations