USGS Data Management
Overview of Data Management
Good data management enables the location, sharing, and reuse of data, and reduces the redundancy of data. These attributes of good data management reduce costs in terms of time and money.
If your data source is well documented, you know how and where to look for your information and the results you return will be what you expect. In addition, accurate data are legally and scientifically defensible. Such data may aid the agency by reducing litigations and appeals. Learn more about why data management is important.
When we start thinking of our data as corporate assets with value beyond our immediate need, the idea of managing data through a whole lifecycle becomes more relevant.
All the questions of documentation, storage, quality assurance, and ownership then need to be answered for each stage of the data lifecycle, starting with the recognition of a need, and ending with archiving or updating the information. Learn more about the data lifecycle.
Poor data quality, redundant data, and lost data can cost companies 15 percent to 25 percent of their operating budget. What would a 15 percent cost reduction be worth to your Project or Program? Learn more about the value of data management.
Data Management vs. Master Data Management
Master Data Management are the processes that control management of master data values to enable consistent, shared, contextual use across systems, of the most accurate, timely, and relevant version of truth about essential business ethics (DAMA-DMBOK Guide, 1st edition, pg. 171). While this website addresses important aspects of Master Data Management, it will not guide the establishment of a full Master Data Management system.
What the USGS Fundamental Science Practices Require:
SM 502.2 - Fundamental Science Practices: Planning and Conducting Data Collection and Research require:
What the "Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)" Requires:
As of February 23, 2013, a memorandum from the Presidentís Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was released, titled "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research [PDF]." 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, "must maximize access, by the general public and without charge, to digitally formatted scientific data created with Federal funds...".
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