Core Science Systems

Data and Tools

Here you will find publications, reports and articles produced by Core Science System scientists. For a comprehensive listing of all CSS publications please click on each of the pubs listed below.

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Date published: April 8, 2016


myUSGS offers an access-controlled online suite of science collaborative tools, ideal for use by USGS scientists and their research teams as well as by other communities of practice involving USGS and its partners.

Date published: April 8, 2016

Metadata Wizard

The Metadata Wizard tool helps geospatial data users with the creation and editing of metadata compliant with the Federal Geographic Data Committee's 'Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata' (FGDC-CSDGM).

Date published: April 8, 2016

Online Metadata Editor (OME)

The OME is an online metadata creation tool that allows scientists to document their data using the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata by answering simple questions about their data.

Date published: April 8, 2016


ScienceBase is data and information management infrastructure that enables data upload, documentation, sharing, and dynamic data services using standards-compliant methods and technological components. ScienceBase furnishes a foundation for data stewardship, government open data, and scientific discovery.

Date published: April 8, 2016

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Creation Tool

The DOI Tool allows creation of a permanent DOI for released USGS science data.

Date published: April 7, 2016

The National Map Data Download and Visualization Access

The National Map, managed by the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), provides free visualization, inspection, and download access to our most current US Topo and Historical Topographic Map products as well as GIS data for our primary data themes including: Elevation, Orthoimagery, Hydrography, Geographic Names, Boundaries, Transportation, Structures, and Land Cover. 

Date published: March 17, 2016

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)

BISON: ( A web-based map viewer allowing users to search, view and download species occurrence data from BISON. BISON APIs: ( REST, WMS, and solr services enable direct access to species occurrence data from custom external applications. 

Date published: March 15, 2016

Publications Warehouse

Gain access to over 100,000 publications written by USGS scientists over the century-plus history of the bureau.

Date published: February 1, 2016

Data Management

The USGS Data Management Website provides the Bureau with best practices, tools, and references to enable the management and preservation of science data.

Date published: February 1, 2016

Legacy Data Inventory and Reporting System (LDIRS)

The USGS Legacy Data and Information Reporting System (LDIRS) is an online tool to facilitate the inventory and preservation of USGS legacy data. The LDIRS inventories and reports are available to all USGS employees and getting started is easy!

Date published: May 1, 2015

Historical Stream Fish Distribution Database for the Conterminous United States (1950-1990): IchthyMaps

Fish occurrence data to support high-resolution distribution models and test various community and macroecological hypotheses have not been available at the national scale. We present IchthyMaps, a database of high-quality historical fish occurrences covering fishes of the conterminous United States. Designed on the principles of metacommunity ecology, IchthyMaps is a compilation of presenc...