USGS Protocol Library: An Implementation Based on the National Environmental Methods Index

Science Center Objects

A number of monitoring method and protocol libraries are currently in existence. Although these systems have been tailored to certain disciplines or research foci, the underlying principles, mechanisms, and processes have commonalities that could facilitate synthesizing content and information. The Protocol Library project consists of modifying and thus extending the capabilities of the exist...

A number of monitoring method and protocol libraries are currently in existence. Although these systems have been tailored to certain disciplines or research foci, the underlying principles, mechanisms, and processes have commonalities that could facilitate synthesizing content and information. 



The Protocol Library project consists of modifying and thus extending the capabilities of the existing NEMI methods compendium. To accomplish the task of incorporating a broad array of protocols, NEMI developers have conducted user requirement queries of protocol owners. In addition, protocol owners have been asked how they would prefer to access the data. Input forms have been created to accommodate the desires of protocol owners as much as possible.



This project represents another step toward a common framework for storage and retrieval of methods and protocol information. Use of this existing and proven database will greatly enhance the accessibility of this information and will provide researchers the opportunity to track versions of protocols as they evolve over time.

Benefits:

  • NEMI is already fully functional and available to the public.
  • NEMI is built on a data model that was designed to be flexible.
  • By leveraging the NEMI database, we are building on a solid, proven, and long-lasting solution and applying it to the storage and retrieval of protocol information.

Deliverables:

  • User requirements review: Complete, Dec. 2013
  • Data model modified: Ongoing, further modifications as needed
  • Data entry forms created or modified: Ongoing
  • Selected NAWQA and NRSA methods entered and reviewed: First batch complete, Dec. 2013
  • Matching NAWQA and NRSA protocols entered and reviewed: First batch planned for April, 2014

Note: this description is from the FY13 Annual Report