USGS Data Management
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USGS Data Management Website winner of the 2013 Shoemaker Awards
The USGS Data Management Website tied as a winner for the 2013 USGS Shoemaker Communication Awards under the External: Internet Category. The website is committed to providing timely and relevant data management best practices across the Bureau.
The USGS Science Data Life Cycle, around which the data management website is organized, will be release in an open file report soon. The life cycle outlines data management steps to help ensure that USGS data are findable, and preserved for access and use beyond the research project.
The USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) has kickstarted the annual RFP process. This year, 7 Statements of Interests have been submitted in Category 1: Management, Policy and Standards.
The USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) held a special webinar session on Data Management in September 2013. The session featured 8 presentations about data management activities across the USGS.
The IDCC conference will highlight tools and data services, address skills needed to manage and use data assets, and explore perspectives on the progress of data curation. All data and information creators, managers, users, researchers, and teachers are welcome.
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."
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!
Important memorandum from the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was released on February 23, 2013. The memo is intended to ensure "wider availability of peer-reviewed publications and scientific data in digital formats" to "accelerate scientific breakthroughs and innovation, promote entrepreneurship, and enhance economic growth and job creation" as well as "create innovative economic markets for services related to curation, preservation, analysis, and visualization."