Large tasks remain before COADS Release 2 can be completed. One of the largest will be the conversion of all the additional data sets to the common format used for COADS. The conversion programs must be designed so that data elements are preserved for future research even though they may not be compatible with the COADS Release 2 data format and statistics. To provide adequate metadata will also be a sizeable undertaking. Lastly, all the data sources will have to be merged, duplicate observations eliminated, and quality control applied to the dataset with erroneous or suspect entries flagged. Those elements passing the quality control will then be used to compute the COADS Release 2 statistics which, along with the observations, are planned for general availability in the mid-1990s.
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