At its 18th meeting held December
09, 2001 in San Francisco, the IGS Governing Board recommended the
formation of a working group to focus on data center issues. This
working group will tackle many of the problems facing our data centers
as well as develop new ideas to aid users both internal and external
to the IGS. The direction of the IGS has changed since its start
in 1992 and many new working groups, projects, data sets, and products
have been created and incorporated into the service since that time.
Among the topics to be addressed by this group are an effective data
flow redundancy/backup plan, reliability, security and consistency
at data centers, and timely archive and dissemination of data as
the IGS moves into a real-time mode for selected products.