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.
Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)