Supporting and Enabling USGS
How do I...
If the data you need still exists;
If you found the data you need;
If you understand the data you found;
If you trust the data you understand;
If you can use the data you trust;
Someone did a good job of data management.
Rex Sanders - USGS-Santa Cruz
|Data not organized?
||You can make it better.
|Good planning leads to good data organization. It may not be as simple as pushing a button, but it pays dividends from the start.
Why should you manage your data? What's the value of data management? Learn the basics in an Overview of Data Management.
...Create a Data Management Plan?
Learn how to create a data management plan and why it can help you.
...Evaluate my Data Acquisition Options?
Understand your choices before you make them.
...Organize my Data?
Use USGS guidelines to organize your data to benefit yourself and others.
All published datasets require metadata. Learn how to create it and how it helps you.
...Back Up my Data?
Better safe than sorry. Avoid disaster with regular backups.
...Preserve my Data?
Find out more about archiving, disposition, persistent Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), and repositories.
...Dispose of Old Data?
Federal regulations govern the disposition of data. Learn how this affects you.
...Publish my Data?
Find out how to make your data available and visible, and about restrictions on data publishing.
|Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset [PDF]
Important memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was released on May 9, 2013. Arriving months after the OSTP Memo [PDF], the OMB memo defines 'open data' as "...publicly available data structured in a way that enables the data to be fully discoverable and usable by end users." The policy requires information to be created to support “downstream information processing and dissemination activities”. Other requirements involve building information systems to "support interoperability and information accessibility” and strengthening “data management and release practices”. The OMB is accompanied by an Executive Order from the President that proposes responsible management of all federal data."
||Coming Soon! The Geologic Collections Management System (GCMS)[PDF]
The GCMS is a Master Catalog and Collections Management Plan for USGS
Geologic Samples and Sample Collections. The Geologic Materials Repository Working Group led by the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) has examined ways in which USGS collections could be coordinated, cataloged, and made available to researchers. Criteria have been developed for evaluating current collections and to establish an operating plan and set of standard practices for handling, identifying, and retaining future sample collections. It is anticipated that the GCMS publication will be available by the end of the summer. Stay tuned!
USGS Science Strategy Report ("Facing Tomorrow's Challenges U. S. Geological Survey Science in the Decade 20072017", USGS Circular 1309) names data integration as one of the prerequisites for achieving its organizational goals.
"Challenging scientific questions require the analysis and integration of information and data across scientific disciplines. Data integration within the USGS is a prerequisite for joining international efforts to develop worldwide science collaboration and computing platform[s] that can address future challenges."
Applying best practices to managing scientific data lays the necessary foundation for data integration. The purpose of this Web site is to support and enable USGS scientists in data management.
You can learn about data management techniques and best practices, download sample documents, and find references to authoritative sources by navigating various stages of the USGS Data Lifecycle.