Fort Collins Science Center

Information Science

The Information Science (IS) Branch provides data capture, analysis, management, and distribution support to U.S. Geological Survey mission areas, Department of the Interior bureaus, and other Federal agencies. This support allows science center partners to implement an integrated information environment that supports both scientific research and natural resource decisionmaking.

The Fort Collins Science Center established the Information Science Branch to focus on improving the flow of information across many programs and disciplines. Products include designs of information management and delivery systems, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing applications, web applications, decision-support systems, and integrated access to distributed databases. Building these products requires a highly specialized team of talented information technology experts, including software developers, systems specialists, spatial analysts, modelers, Agile project managers, content managers, communication specialists, and data stewards. This highly specialized team provides complete information technology solutions for stakeholders.

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Date published: February 28, 2017
Status: Active

USGS Data at Risk: Expanding Legacy Data Inventory and Preservation Strategies

As one of the largest and oldest science organizations in the world, USGS has produced more than a century of earth science data, much of which is currently unavailable to the greater scientific community due to inaccessible or obsolescent media, formats, and technology. Tapping this vast wealth of “dark data” requires 1) a complete inventory of legacy data and 2) methods and tools to...

Contacts: Lance Everette, Tara M Bell, Cristiana Falvo
Date published: October 31, 2016

Data and Tools for Landscape Assessment

The Information Science Branch develops and applies approaches that integrate natural science, computer technology, and information management to address key natural resource issues. Branch staff work with USGS scientists and data managers to convert field observations into GIS-oriented data and metadata products. The Branch also supports ecological and landscape modeling, including the...

Date published: October 30, 2016

Data and Project Management

The USGS and partner agencies maintain millions of datasets in many thousands of collections. Designing systems to document, catalog, analyze, and distribute these datasets requires expert computer science skills coupled with close coordination of data generators and users. To support these efforts, the Information Science Branch developed project tracking web applications that help Centers...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: October 28, 2016

Mobile Science

Mobile technologies, from feature-laden phones to wearable computing devices, are changing the face of field research. Scientists are now able to track the movement of wildlife in near real time, capture more and various types of survey data conveniently, and discover critical information about a sample site prior to data collection. The Information Science Branch provides support for all of...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: October 28, 2016
Status: Active

Data Integration Frameworks

Assembling data and presenting it in a meaningful way becomes increasingly important as natural resource issues span larger and larger geographic, political, organizational, and scientific boundaries. The Information Science Branch helps design, develop, and implement applications that allow USGS Centers, programs, and projects to securely store, document, integrate, and share datasets. These...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: October 24, 2016

Observation and Monitoring Networks

National observation and monitoring networks, regardless of their target observation type, share many common needs. Not the least of these needs is the data assembly framework employed by the network - the flow of many types of collected data into a common processing, analysis, and visualization engine. The Information Science Branch uses experiences from similar software and infrastructure...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: October 18, 2016

Information Architecture

True data integration across many databases and projects requires new thinking about the design of data collection and distribution applications. Working with multiple USGS partners, the Information Science Branch researched and designed a new approach to software development and deployment that maintains function-based containers connected by web services. This component approach provides...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: March 3, 2016
Status: Completed

Developing a USGS Legacy Data Inventory to Preserve and Release Historical USGS Data

Legacy data (n) - Information stored in an old or obsolete format or computer system that is, therefore, difficult to access or process. (Business Dictionary, 2016) For over 135 years, the U.S. Geological Survey has collected diverse information about the natural world and how it interacts with society. Much of this legacy information is one-of-a-kind and in danger of being lost forever...

Date published: September 30, 2014
Status: Completed

North American Bat Data Integration

The purpose of this project was to integrate the Bat Banding Program data (1932-1972) and the U.S. and Canada diagnostic data for white-nose syndrome with the USGS Bat Population Data (BPD) Project and provide the bat research community with secure, role-based access to these previously unavailable datasets. The objectives of this project were to: 1) integrate WNS diagnostic data into the BPD...

Date published: August 24, 2012
Status: Active

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