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Long term goals are functions that the CSL accomplish over long periods, either as periodic routines, or progressive projects.
These services are vital for the function and/or integrity of the lab, but are not considered ``emergencies'' or ``requests''. Generally they are functions that need to be fulfilled daily. They have high priority but low urgency. Backups are a prime example: they must be done daily, but it does not really matter what time during the day we change the tapes.
These are long-term planning and mission-defining activities of the CSL. They tend to have high priority but low urgency. In other words, they really need to be done, but they usually are not required in a time frame of hours or days, but rather in months or years. Planning yearly machine purchases, investigating new technologies, developing new systems and strategies are part of this classification.