Data Management


Supporting and enabling USGS data management - guidance, best practices, and tools for data management.

Site Organization

Site Organization

The USGS Data Management Website is organized according to the USGS Scientific Data Lifecycle Model, which describes the stages of data management and how data flow through a research project from start to finish.

Quick Links

Below are links to the most popular pages on the USGS Data Management Website.

Data Management Plans

Metadata Creation

Data Standards


Manage Quality

Data Release


Date published: May 21, 2021

Updated Data Standards Page

We've completely redone and updated our Data Standards page. Check it out now!

Date published: October 26, 2020

New A-Z Index

The Data Management Website now has an A-Z Index.