NOAA, like many other agencies, has its own set of requirements and directives that augment broader Federal level data management mandates. Ah, but how to achieve compliance?
As with most orders, there is the inevitable “stick:” anyone receiving NOAA funding -- its own offices and employees as well as contractors, partners and outside researchers – must manage resulting environmental data in compliance with NOAA’s requirements and directives.
To assist data managers in understanding and meeting those requirements, there is also a bit of carrot: NOAA’s Environmental Data Management Committee, or EDMC, provides access to the directives and various supporting resources, including implementation guidance. NOAA’s National Data Centers provide additional guidance for data submitted for archiving.