The aggregate score obtained from the benchmark ladders is less important than the individual scoresfor each ladder. It is the relative scoring on each of the principles / evaluation ladders that will be mostuseful in focussing initiatives to improve the overall score.
The tool could also be used to separately score different business units or data disseminationinfrastructures within an organization especially if responsibility for data management and dataaccessibility is a distributed responsibility.
Organizations may want to weight their scores based upon internal priorities e.g. data managementpolicies and plans may be considered a higher priority than user support. It is important that theweightings be explicit and consistently used in each use of the tool.
Wording to assist users in positioning their organization on the ladders is only provided for scores ‘5’,‘3’, ‘1’ and ‘0’. Score ‘2’ or ‘4’ if a description for level 1 or 3 is less than the situation in yourorganization but 3 or 5 describes a situation which your organization has not yet attained.
A PDF guide to using the tool, including the tool itself is available at:
Funding for the development of the Data Accessibility Benchmark was provided by the AdaptationPlatform Program of the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division of Natural ResourcesCanada.
The tool was developed in collaboration with Dr. Bertrum MacDonald, School of InformationManagement, Dalhousie University.
Tool testing has been assisted by Robert Branton, Emeritus Scientist, Ocean Tracking Network,Dalhousie University.
The following organizations have provided comments to improve the CDAST:
1 October 2015: Northeast Coastal and Ocean Data Partnership, "Achieving More Effective and EasyAccess to Coastal and Ocean Data: A Self-Assessment Tool for Data Providing Organizations". WatchVideo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkfpHDvZ1VY
8 October 2014: NRCAN Adaptation Platform Webinar Series, Managing Climate Change Informationfor Adaptation. 13 January 2015: NOAA Data Management Integration Team, "Self-Assessment andData Management Tools for Data Providing Organizations"
April 2015: ICAN 7 workshop / CoastGIS 2015 Presentation
18 January 2016: CODATA Webinar (International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Scienceand Technology) - https://zenodo.org/record/44966#
EIUI Research group, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University