Initial determination of operational and technical feasibility. Addresses:
- Repository meets sustainability expectations.
- What data will be exposed?
- Content mutability.
- Software needs:
- DataONE software stack or implement new web service in existing applications (custom stack)?
- Full repository or Slender Node?
- metadata only or science data + replication?
- Repository's in-house preferences? (Java? Python?)
- Consistency of metadata quality.
- Level of functionality (tier).