To make it easy for the scientist to serve data
- DODS must not force the provider to store data in any special format.
- DODS must require a minimum in metadata from the provider.
AND to make it easy for the user to access data
- DODS must be easy to interface to existing applications.
- DODS must provide all of the metadata needed to make effective use of the data
The user's needs for metadata compete with the provider's
desire not to be troubled with the provision of these data objects.