Core Science Systems

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Date published: July 26, 2018
Status: Completed

North American National Mapping Meeting

  • May, 9-10, 2018, Reston, VA

    Meeting Goals

    • Understand how the North America mapping agencies are currently working together
    • Discuss current hydrography program directions, multi-national harmonization efforts, and future opportunities
    • Introduce and review Integrate Map of the Americas efforts and discuss current products
    • ...
    Date published: April 15, 2018
    Status: Active

    The National Geologic Map Database - NGMDB

    The National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB) is a distributed archive of geoscience information for the Nation. It was mandated by the Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 and is cooperatively built and maintained by the USGS and State Geological Surveys. We welcome you to explore the archive, view the maps, and help us to...

    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: December 8, 2016
    Status: Completed

    Native Pollinators in Agricultural Ecosystems

    Beginning in 2012, the USGS collaborated with the USDA to assess the effectiveness of pollinator plantings and how alteration of landscapes has affected native pollinators and potentially contributed to their decline. The 2008 Farm Bill recognized contributions made by pollinators and made conservation of pollinator habitat a priority. The USGS is assessing native bee habitat, diversity, and...

    Contacts: Mark Vandever
    Date published: June 27, 2016


    Working with the Northern Rockies Science Center, the Information Science Branch designed and developed ScienceCache, a scientific geocaching mobile application framework. Initially developed for citizen science data collection, the application was extended to work for any field data collection effort. The lead researcher controls the data collection route, collection forms, and data...

    Contacts: Tim Kern
    Date published: June 27, 2016

    Information Science Virtual Private Cloud (IS-VPC)

    The Information Science Branch developed a set of performance, security, and resiliency models to evaluate information architectures optimized for cloud hosting solutions.

    Contacts: Tim Kern
    Date published: June 27, 2016


    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...

    Date published: April 19, 2016

    The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

    The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

    Date published: April 19, 2016

    3D Elevation Program (3DEP) - Your Source for 3D Elevation Data

    High quality 3D elevation data are critical to flood risk management, resource management, conservation, alternative energy, agriculture, infrastructure management, and a broad range of other nationally significant applications. 3DEP is a cooperative program, managed by the USGS on behalf of the community, with the goal to complete national coverage of 3D elevation data in 8 years.

    Date published: April 18, 2016

    USGS Science Data Catalog

    The USGS Science Data Catalog serves as a single access point for public USGS scientific datasets and as a conduit to external catalogs in response to Federal Open Data requirements. The SDC allows the public to access USGS datasets through text and GIS-based search; topical browse, and keyword, mission area, data source, and scientist faceting.

    Date published: April 13, 2016
    Status: Active

    Ocean Biogeographic Information System USA (OBIS-USA)

    OBIS-USA is the US Node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System, providing the collection and distribution point to OBIS of marine biogeographic records in U.S. waters or collected with U.S. funding. Using the Darwin Core standard, OBIS-USA integrates and makes accessible data on marine species presence, absence, and abundance to aid scientists, resource managers, and decisions makers....

    Date published: April 13, 2016
    Status: Active

    Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)

    Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) is a web-based resource for species occurrence data in the U.S. and its Territories. BISON holds over 380 million species occurrence records, encompassing most living species found in the United States, from a broad array of sources, including museums, monitoring programs, research studies, citizen science and peer-reviewed literature.