Critical Data for Critical Needs

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Science  19 Jun 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4501, pp. 1343-1349
DOI: 10.1126/science.212.4501.1343


Various types of scientific and technical data are required for the solution of key societal problems such as energy supply, environmental quality, and industrial productivity. Ensuring the quality of these data bases is essential. Modern computer and telecommunications technology offers opportunities for major improvements in the dissemination of data, but data management must be given a higher priority by the scientific community, industry, and government.