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FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1992
EOS DATA AND INFORMATION CENTER (EOSDIS)
(See News, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--June 1992.)
Earth Observing System: NASA's EOSDIS Development Approach is Risky
(GAO/IMTEC-92-24), 36 pp., Feb. 25, 1992, no charge. U.S. General Accounting
Office, POB 6015, Gaithersburg MD 20877 (202-275-6241).
NASA's plans to process, store and distribute information generated by EOS
fall short in identifying and mitigating the technological risks inherent in a
project of such scope and complexity. The contract for EOSDIS should not be
awarded until NASA further develops its approach, and NASA should work to
maximize cooperation with other federal agencies and programs with appropriate
experience, so that it does not risk the need for future costly modifications.
National Research Council Panel to Review EOSDIS Plans--Interim
Report, 30 pp., Apr. 9, 1992. Inquire with Off. News & Public Info.,
NRC, 2101 Constitution Ave., Washington DC 20418 (202-334-2138).
In general, the panel sees no serious risk to the EOSDIS program due to
unavailable or inadequate technology. However, there are risks in two aspects of
planning: (1) NASA must plan how EOSDIS will evolve to continue to be a useful
system as computer and data management technology change over the 15-year
program; (2) program management will involve a complex mix of government,
contractors, and a scientific community that is diverse and spread around the
world. The panel suggests a number of approaches it believes will help define
these roles and interactions.
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