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NODC Blueprint: Benchmark Summary Report, Data and Information Management Best Practices [CD-ROM]
Hamilton, B.A. (2007). NODC Blueprint: Benchmark Summary Report, Data and Information Management Best Practices [CD-ROM]. NOAA. National Ocean Service. National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science: Silcer Spring. cd-rom pp.

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  • Hamilton, B.A.

    The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) comprises three unique organizations. Theyshare a common overarching mission—to provide stewardship of national and internationalmarine environmental and ecosystem data and information—yet each organization has its owndistinct goals and objectives. This analysis included identifying opportunities and areas ofimprovement for each organization while determining whether opportunities exist forstreamlining activities across the enterprise. The ultimate purpose of the NODC Blueprint projectis to identify the vision for NODC’s future operations. This document presents themethodology, summary findings, and recommendations for the project.The project consisted of four sequential phases: Phase 1—gathering data, Phase 2—brainstorming and creative analysis, Phase 3—conducting benchmarking interviews, and Phase4—creating the Blueprint. The work was conducted by the Integrated Project Team (IPT), whichis made up of members from each NODC organization as well as Booz Allen Hamiltonmanagement consultants, as shown in Table 1. The NODC team served as the Strategic ThinkGroup (STG) and performed much of the background research, literature reviews, and datagathering for Phase 1. All IPT team members participated in the remaining three phases of theproject, which were conducted over a period of approximately 6 months.

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