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One significant task of the Regional Data Catalog conducted by the Regional Data Advisory Committee, was the development of a data framework and inventory. In addition to providing an overview of the data that is held and maintained within the region, an inventory also becomes a central tool in the evaluation of (or ability to evaluate) what data gaps exist.
The Regional Data Catalog is viewed by the advisory committee as a critical resource for staff to better understand data availability at both an agency/organizational and thematic level. The fundamental concept was to provide a resource that would incline local staff to make more and perhaps better data connections in their work. The Regional Data Catalog has two primary components: Data Category Summaries and Key Data Sources Summaries. Both resources are intended to be updated and iterative.