From the Preface: "The Center for Computing and Applied Mathematics, National Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting a research effort under the sponsorship of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a set of guidelines which promotes both a critical review and unbiased evaluation of FEMA models and data bases. Large-scale models and data bases are key informational resources for FEMA. The type and nature of FEMA models and data bases, however, are perhaps unique within the Federal government in that they are often concerned with severe changes or disruptions ranging from limited effects to extremes. In order to carry out its emergency missions, it is necessary for FEMA to determine which models, modeling techniques and data bases are appropriate for what purposes and which ones need modification, updating and maintenance. The development of evaluation guidelines is therefore of direct benefit to FEMA in discharging its emergency management duties."
NISTIR 88-3826; National Institute of Standards and Technology Internal Report 88-3826
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