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close this book Food Composition Data: A User's Perspective (1987)
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close this folder Managing a nutrient data-base system: meeting users' needs and expectations
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Conclusions

Conclusions

Managing a large data-base system is challenging and, at the same time, frustrating. External factors contributing to this ambivalence include the dynamic nature of the food supply and the proliferation of research findings implicating food, nutrient, diet, and health relationships. Within the relatively small community directly associated with accumulating and disseminating food composition information in a useful form, the issues are recognized and are being discussed [15]. Many user's needs, as now expressed, seem to require knowledge and capabilities beyond the present ability to supply complete and timely information. Maintaining close communication and continuing dialogue between users and providers of data is critical to achieving a consensus for producing reliable, accurate, and useful reports with consistency and comparability.