ERIC Number: ED228088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Options for the Development of a Voluntary Network of Participants in the National Environmental Data Referral Service. Final Report.
MAXIMA Corp., Silver Spring, MD.
Building on the findings of a survey of potential users and a descriptive review of five existing information networks, the present study represents an attempt to characterize several options for a voluntary confederation of participants in operating the National Environmental Data Referral Services (NEDRES) being developed by the Assessment and Information Services Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Concepts from economic theory and general models of information service network configurations were used to help define and evaluate the major trade-off factors. Findings resulting from the examination of the five reference systems are reported, including a suggestion that the National Water Data Exchange can and should be emulated by NEDRES, although serving a more diversified clientele. These and other propositions were used to compare decentralized and centralized options. A hybrid arrangement was found to be favorable and cost effective, permitting users with intermittent needs and limited capabilities to get support from local service outlets, while users with more consistent and intensive needs could be encouraged to mobilize their capabilities toward a more independent and more economical mode of finding and accessing environmental data stores of value to them. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: MAXIMA Corp., Silver Spring, MD.