Data and Tools

Data Management Tools

Good data management enables the location, sharing, and reuse of data, and reduces the redundancy of data. These attributes of good data management reduce costs in terms of time and money. Data management tools and best practices can also help to meet the open data requirements of making data more accessible and discoverable.

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Screenshot of the USGS Science Data Catalog
December 1, 2016

Science Data Catalog

The USGS Science Data Catalog provides seamless access to USGS research and monitoring data from across the nation. Users have the ability to search, browse, or use a map-based interface to discover data.

Looking up at an oil drill
November 23, 2016

Energy and Environment in the Rocky Mountain Area (EERMA)

The Energy and Environment in the Rocky Mountain Area (EERMA) project is composed of interdisciplinary U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists working to provide land management agencies and decision makers with information. The purpose of the Interactive Energy Atlas is to provide data and decision support tools to visualize and assess the potential effects of energy development.

data grapher
April 23, 2016

USGS Data Grapher

This is a data graphing utility that allows the user to build graphs of data from selected USGS stations. Select the station, the type of graph, the parameter(s) to plot, and the starting and ending dates for the graph.

Screenshot of a sample record from Biocomplexity Thesaurus
April 12, 2016

Biocomplexity Thesaurus

The Biocomplexity Thesaurus is an online resource supporting terms in a 'broader than' and 'narrower than' structure in ecological and biological sciences.

DRW icons for FGDC-compliant Metadata, DOI Number, IPDS Record  Number, USGS Dataset  Repository, Science Data Catalog
April 11, 2016

Data Release Workbench

The USGS Data Release Workbench provides a user-friendly view of USGS data release requirements, in line with with Federal Open Data and Open Access goals, and allows USGS researchers to track progress toward releasing their data.

Screenshot of the Metadata Wizard ScienceBase page. Shows Child Items, Attached Files and Preview Image.
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).

Text design which reads in the order of: XML <ome> FGDC CSDGM
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.

Globe showing United States, Mexico, & South America side, surrounded by circular lines.
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.

Showing partial example of starting USGS assigned DOI # /10.5066/ with text Create and update DOIs for digital data products
April 8, 2016

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Creation Tool

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

illustration of cloud and rainfall over bathtub
January 28, 2016

USGS Rainfall Calculator

Find out how much rain has fallen—how many gallons have come down from the skies onto your roof, yard, block, or town.

Genetics Model
June 15, 2010

Genetic Landscapes GIS Toolbox: Tools to create genetic divergence and diversity landscapes in ArcGIS

A new analysis approach in landscape genetics and phylogeography is the creation of “genetic landscapes” to visualize genetic structure across geographic space. The Genetic Landscapes GIS Toolbox contains four tools to map genetic landscapes and to summarize multiple genetic landscapes as average and variance surfaces in ArcGIS ® (Environmental Science Research Institute, Redlands, CA, USA).