USGS Data Management
Data Management Training & Resources
Past Training: 2011 Data Management Workshop
Future Data Management Training
The Core Science Analytics and Synthesis (CSAS) program, under the USGS Core Science Systems Mission Area, in coordination with the CDI Data Management Working Group, is developing Data Management Training materials that will be tailored to the USGS. A CSAS goal is to sponsor Data Management Training for the USGS on a regular basis. If you are interested in participating in future data management training or workshops, please contact Viv Hutchison (email@example.com) or Heather Henkel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On September 21-23, 2011, a 3-day Data Management workshop was sponsored by Core Science Systems (CSS) to support Bureau-wide data management activities. This activity, held in Reston, VA, was part of a series of data management projects funded by CSS, including this Web site for USGS policy and best practices, formal data management training, and the development of training modules for USGS. The Data Management Workshop served several purposes - both education and outreach for the Science Data Coordinator Network, and education and content for staff building the data management Web site for the Bureau.
There were 26 workshop attendees, representing each USGS Geographic Area and several Mission Areas. Most participants were nominated to attend the workshop by the Regional Executives and the Science Data Coordinators.
The course was taught by Tom Chatfield, Bureau of Land Management. The participants spent two days learning aspects of data management important to science data. On the third day, they were given the opportunity to review and suggest content for a draft Web site which will list, describe, and highlight best practices for data management within and outside of the USGS.
Workshop Course Description
"This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill your responsibilities as a Data Steward in managing information/data in compliance with government regulations. Since all DOI employees are data stewards for the data they collect and maintain, all can benefit from this course. However, the primary audience for this course is designated Data Stewards for datasets at the Field, State, or National office level.
"A Data Steward is the person most knowledgeable about the resource or program who ensures that pertinent data meet defined data standards and accurately describe the resource for which they have responsibility. Data Stewards manage data with regard to the informational needs of others in meeting the Bureau's mission. They manage data throughout their lifecycle including the phases of quality control/quality assurance, planning, acquiring, maintaining, accessing, evaluating, and archiving. As part of these phases, the course will also cover the fundaments of metadata, data modeling, normalization, sharing, costing, and documentation."
Feedback from the Workshop
Comments on response forms included the following:
Multiple Science Data Coordinators have received requests for presentations/training for other groups within USGS since the workshop was held, which affirms the success of the workshop, and motivation to continue work on data management in USGS.