By following a robust set of standards during creation, and management data can be transferred and communicated to many different needs and situations.  In order to prolong the life and connectivity of the Great Lakes bathymetric and sonar products dataset the working group will follow and maintain our data to the required standards determined by the bottom mapping community. To do this, the group will coordinate with bi-national initiatives for Great Lakes technical and research standards:

Rectify differences where necessary

Evaluate current IOCM and DFO technical standards for data collection and management 

If necessary draft a Great Lakes standard for review by relevant agencies