While the Data Deluge is upon on the scientific communities, how to manage and share the scientific data is still a challenge. To really allow data to be useful for scientists and general consumers data needs to be Discoverable, Accessible, and Consumable.
Discoverable – How do you find the data? Searching for data via search engines is not the right way to find the information. Sites like data.gov is a good start for getting to scientific data, but how to find the smaller pots of data.
Accessible – To do anything useful with the information/data – it needs to be made available – that means the data needs to be easily downloaded, not hidden behind many web pages and locked up behind passwords.
Consumable – it needs to be straight forward (one-click) to bring the data into applications for analysis (ie. Excel, MatLab, etc). Put it into the hands of the users.
Well said. We could also add "Sharable" (whatever that means). And another thing perhaps is "click and code": that data should be accessible either by a person clicking, *or* by a machine agent on behalf of a person.