In past reviews, the ISRP identified several concerns with basinwide database management. The ISRP found much potential for duplication of services, little justification for how an individual data system is distinct from the others in its scope or in the services it provides, a lack of coordination, and the potential for different versions of the "same" data, which could lead to confusion. Specifically, the ISRP reported that it could not find compelling reasons to fund multiple databases of smolt monitoring results.
During the current review process, it become clear that, with modern technologies, multiple data centers do not necessarily represent either duplication or inefficiency (though, of course, both are still possible). The real issue is functionality. With current technology it is feasible, and probably desirable, to separate functions among multiple sites, in a "modular" fashion. Thus, the overall goal of the review is to investigate whether the needed functions of a basinwide data system are well served with the present configuration, and to consider what changes might enhance the functionality.