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4.2 Ability to Perform

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4.2 Ability to Perform

Ability to Perform describes the preconditions that must exist in the project or organization to implement the process competently. Ability to Perform typically involves resources, organizational structures, and training.

For data dissemination services, Ability to Perform includes enabling technologies, procedures, and business models that will sustain the dissemination services. 

4.2.1 Manage enabling technologies for access and conformance to standards

Enabling technologies for data dissemination are not standalone, instead, they are part of the larger system that make data submission, management, discovery, and archiving possible. For the dissemination tasks in particular, the enabling technologies include those that are critical in performing dissemination functions: data discovery, consultation (with principle investigators and/or data producers), selection, and obtaining.

Data discovery systems in different disciplines may have customized search fields and options, or special filters to perform targeted data discovery and selection. Federated search is a common approach to solve the problem of data silos. These approaches and techniques for data discovery should conform to standards for cross-system discovery and interoperability.  

In data dissemination there is a need for middleware applications for translating among major databases, collaborative computing tools to improve communication, and software tools for developing metadata. Advanced data centers can help smaller centers develop standards, design databases, archive their data, and construct metadata (Hale et al., 2003). 

Data portals offer great potential for creating and promoting partnerships (Hale et al., 2003). Developing data portals for data dissemination should be carefully planned to ensure the sustainability. 

Rubric

Rubric for 4.2 - Ability to Perform
Level 0
 This process or practice is not being observed
No steps have been taken to provide organizational structures or plans, training, or resources for enabling technologies for data sharing or confidentiality
Level 1: Initial
 Data are managed intuitively at project level without clear goals and practices
Structures or plans, training, and resources for enabling technologies for data sharing or confidentialityt have been considered minimally by individual team members, but not codified
Level 2: Managed
 DM process is characterized for projects and often reactive
Structures or plans, training, and resources for enabling technologies for data sharing or confidentiality have been recorded for this project, but have not taken wider community needs or standards into account
Level 3: Defined
 DM is characterized for the organization/community and proactive
The project includes structures or plans, training, and resources for enabling technologies for data sharing or confidentiality as defined for the entire community or institution
Level 4: Quantitatively Managed
 DM is measured and controlled
Quantitative quality goals have been established regarding structures or plans, training, and resources for enabling technologies for data sharing or confidentiality, and practices in these areas are systematically measured for quality
Level 5: Optimizing
 Focus on process improvement
Processes regarding structures or plans, training, and resources for enabling technologies for data sharing or confidentiality are evaluated on a regular basis, and necessary improvements are implemented

References


Hale, S. S., Miglarese, A. H., Bradley, M. P., Belton, T. J., Cooper, L. D., Frame, M. T., et al. (2003). Managing Troubled Data: Coastal Data Partnerships Smooth Data Integration. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 81(1-3), 133–148. doi:10.1023/A:1021372923589. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1021372923589

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