CISL Fabrics

CISL's Fabrics are ethical standards that guide our actions and bind us together as a unit. CISL defines Fabrics as shared values that become daily habits so ingrained that they are almost invisible, yet they are strong forces that guide our actions.

CISL has identified six Fabrics that we consider the most crosscutting, key contributors to our success as a laboratory, namely:

  • Service: Serving the scientific community is a CISL core value. Everything we do should either directly or indirectly support NCAR’s science mission.

  • Innovation: Information technology is a rapidly changing field. CISL must continually innovate to facilitate scientific progress.

  • Leadership: A willingness to lead is another essential characteristic in a rapidly changing and forward-looking field such as information technology. Within CISL, leadership means asking what the next big thing is, or what needs to be done, then taking action to bring those things about.

  • Collaboration: Collaboration is important: no organization can do everything. What is more, collaboration is especially important to an interdisciplinary laboratory: it fills gaps in resident expertise, infuses new ideas, and amplifies CISL’s impact.

  • Mentorship: All parties gain by mentoring: those being mentored benefit from the learning, experience, and insight of the mentor; for the mentor, it establishes a culture of giving, reinforces the habit of service, and encourages lifelong learning. Both top-down and peer-to-peer mentoring must be encouraged.

  • Diversity: Promoting diversity in CISL’s workforce not only improves the breadth of perspectives, approaches, and experience we bring to solving our problems, it also maximizes the size of the applicant pool.

CISL strives to infuse these values throughout all facets of the organization, instilling them in the people who work for and with us.

This section of the FY2010 CISL Annual Report reports on the topics shown in the navigation tool at left.