NASA HQ/GSFC New Policy

Mike McCants (mikem@freeside.fc.net)
Mon, 22 Jun 1998 22:15:50 -0500 (CDT)

The following "draft" policy was sent to Phil Clark, me, and quite
a few other people.

From: Quinton Barker

This message is being sent to provide information on a revised policy
associated with Orbital Information Group (OIG) responsibility and access
for general and super-users.  A more detail memo will be placed on the OIG
telnet and URL sites.

NASA/GSFC policy supported three sets of customers (users).   The future
NASA/GSFC policy should be more flexible to all users.  In the past the
main requirement to be a super-user was to provide NASA with information
that they deemed essential and beneficial to NASA.  A main requirement
placed on super-users were not to redistribute the OIG data.  These
requirements and others formed the original NASA/GSFC Super-User policy.

After completing a review of general and both current and pending
super-users I requested that NASA/GSFC review this policy.  I provided a
suggestion that would alter the current policy, and after a conversation
with NASA HQ and the OIG support group on June 22 the following new policy
was established.

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			NASA/GSFC OIG Operations Policy
				June 22, 1998

1.	Current super-users are allowed to redistribute OIG data and any
        derivative of such data to any group or person at their own discretion.

2.	Pending super-users will be granted same status as current super-users.

3.	On July 1, 1998 all users will be allowed access to the full OIG
        data files on the Web (URL) site.

4.	NASA/GSFC may modify policy statement #3 if the Web site doesn't
        provide effective support to its users.

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This new policy is aimed at providing each users will all the data they
required in a timely manner and with none or limited access issues.

Happy Tracking,

   Quinton Eugene Barker
   Code 585
   Bldg. 3, Room 217

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One recipient has replied to Mr. Barker asking for clarification
on item 4.  My guess would be that if 100 people try to download
the 500K zip file on the first day, "effective support" for its
users could be jeopardized and that might lead to a re-evaluation
of the "everyone can access the data files" policy.  So, of course,
I would like to recommend "restraint".

Wouldn't it be nice if we could bombard Mr. Barker with about
100 personal, US mail, thank-you letters in another couple of
weeks?

Mike McCants