Core Science Analytics and Synthesis (CSAS)
The USGS Science Data Coordinator Network (SDCN) is a Bureau-wide partnership established by Core Science Systems (CSS) to address current and cross-cutting information management issues that increase the success and impact of collaborative science projects. In partnership with the Community for Data Integration and with representation from all Mission Areas and Regions, the SDCN provides a conduit and framework for activities that help connect information investments across multiple disciplinary, geographic, temporal, and political boundaries, while assisting with identification and prioritization of local science and information management requirements. By building upon existing data investments and expertise, the SDCN supports the deployment of more consistent data management and long-term preservation practices and helps facilitate integration, discovery, access, and delivery of information assets developed at the USGS. Associate Director for CSS Kevin Gallagher serves as the SDCN Executive Sponsor and Core Science Analytics and Synthesis Director Cheryl Morris as Champion.
The on-the-ground approach of the SDCN will facilitate the identification of Bureau data and information needs and help guide data management priorities for science activities. The Network will also promote access to data integration tools as well as standard formats for data characterization and metadata developed through the USGS Community for Data Integration and other collaborative forums.
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