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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

  • The USGS Instructional Memoradum IM OSQI 2015-001 - Foundation Data Policy establishes requirements for data management plans:

    "Plan. The overall project work plan of every research project must include planning for data management (SM 502.2). A data management plan describes standards and intended actions for acquiring, processing, analyzing, preserving, publishing/sharing, describing, managing quality, backing up, and securing the data holdings ( The data management plan, like the work plan, should be updated during the research phase to reflect the reality of the project activities."

  • The USGS Manual Chapter 1100.1 - Information Product Planning discusses planning for information products, which includes data products.

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.

Preserve > Persistent Identifiers

Publish / Share


Publish/Share > Data Release

Publish/Share > Science Publishing Network / Pubs Warehouse

Publish/Share > Sensitive Data

Describe / Metadata

Describe / Metadata

Describe / Metadata > Metadata

Manage Quality

Manage Quality

Backup & Secure

Backup & Secure

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