Due to a lapse in appropriations, the majority of USGS websites may not be up to date and may not reflect current conditions. Websites displaying real-time data, such as Earthquake and Water and information needed for public health and safety will be updated with limited support. Additionally, USGS will not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.  For more information, please see www.doi.gov/shutdown

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


Data Standards


Manage Quality

Data Release