Science Center Objects

The Information Science Branch provides Agile project management, technical oversight, software research and development, and architectural support to the USGS ScienceBase project. ScienceBase provides a number of features that scientists can use to build data collections, share data through web services, and ensure these data are preserved for use by future researchers. The project involves core research on linked open data, vocabularies, repository services, security, code management, and handling of large datasets. ScienceBase addresses not only data integration activities, but also how to drive integration to intelligence. The ultimate goal of ScienceBase is to help researchers answer fundamental questions by providing connections among data, locations, and people.

A ScienceBase item.

The FORT Information Science Branch provides design architecture and software development support for the ScienceBase project. ScienceBase provides the USGS and partner agencies a variety of data integration activities, including storing, managing, and distributing datasets; building and maintaining metadata; discovering datasets; and delivering their data and metadata as Web services. ScienceBase allows researchers to track projects, and the data that results from those projects, from inception to archive. The effort helps researchers bring more diverse data assets into their constellation of resources. 

Software development focuses on linked open data, vocabularies, repository services, security, code management, and big data. These activities address not only integration activities but also how to drive integration to intelligence. Efforts like ScienceBase are designed to help researchers use linked data concepts to support natural resource research.

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