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USGS Data Management

Policy References

Data Management Policy References
What the U.S. Geological Survey Manual Says

Overview of Data Management

Overview of Data Management > Why Manage Your Data

  • As of February 23, 2013 a memorandum from the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was released titled, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research”. It is intended to ensure that "the direct results of federally funded scientific research are made available to and useful for the public, industry, and the scientific community".
  • The USGS Manual Geology Discipline Research Records Schedule 432-1-S5 discusses the importance of managing data.


Plan > Data Management Plans

Plan > Data Standards



Preserve > Disposition

  • By law, no Federal record can be destroyed without authorization from the Archivist of the United States, and the vehicle for obtaining the authorization is a National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) approved records disposition schedule. The NARA-approved USGS General Records Disposition Schedule incorporates all records descriptions and dispositions contained in the NARA General Records Schedules (36 CFR 1225) which are pertinent to USGS operations.

Publish / Share


Publish/Share > Science Publishing Network / Pubs Warehouse

Publish/Share > Sensitive Data

Describe / Metadata

Describe / Metadata

Manage Quality

Manage Quality

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