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103. Are metadata records needed for scientific datasets and databases that are provided by non-USGS authors and are subsequently included in USGS datasets, databases, or publications?


Generally, yes, because these items become part of USGS scientific information products. When incorporated into USGS information products, these datasets or databases from non-USGS sources need to comply with USGS data release requirements, including review and approval of data and documentation of the source data. This is important because metadata records establish the provenance of incorporated data and include a link to the original source data. If sufficient metadata do not exist, record(s) should be created and included as part of the new information product's data package or cited in the metadata for the new USGS data product.