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The goal of the Northern Great Plains Network is to provide useful scientific information about the status and trends of park natural resources. A comprehensive data management system is essential to achieving this goal, particularly for long-term projects that will span decades.

Inventory and monitoring data management systems are established with the following objectives:

  • Quality: Procedures are established to identify and minimize errors at each stage of the data lifecycle.
  • Security: Data are maintained in environments that protect against loss, either due to electronic failure or poor storage conditions.
  • Longevity: While proper storage conditions, backups, and migration of data sets to current platforms and software standards are basic components of data longevity, comprehensive data documentation is equally important.
  • Availability: A primary responsibility of the Inventory and Monitoring Program is to ensure that data are available for decision-making, research, and education. Refer to the Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) portal or the network's Reports and Publications page.





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