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sciencebasepy: A Python library for programmatic interaction with the USGS ScienceBase platform

February 6, 2023

This Python module provides functionality for interacting with the USGS ScienceBase platform:

ScienceBase is a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The platform is developed and maintained by the USGS to provide shared, permission-controlled access to scientific data products and bureau resources. Rather than serving merely as a generic online storage location, ScienceBase is designed to add value to digital data by exposing well-organized, documented datasets and scientific information over the web. Content within ScienceBase Catalog is stored within a standardized item model with consistent informational facets (e.g., title, abstract, keywords, etc.) and is accessible through both a web browser and an application programming interface (API). This enables powerful querying capabilities and makes it possible to integrate content into dynamic collections and connect ScienceBase-hosted data to external applications and workflows. For additional information, please visit:

Data authorship is reserved for USGS employees and individuals or groups working in partnership or as collaborators with the USGS (partner efforts must have one or more USGS participants). View and download access for public items in the system are provided to both registered users and the general public, whereas private items have restricted access constraints. For questions about system access as a data contributor, please contact

This software library provides API access to interact with ScienceBase via the Python programming language.

Publication Year 2023
Title sciencebasepy: A Python library for programmatic interaction with the USGS ScienceBase platform
DOI 10.5066/P9X4BIPR
Authors John L Long, Roland Viger, Kanchana Raja, Kyle D Enns, John R. Sheflin, Drew A Ignizio
Product Type Software Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Science Analytics and Synthesis Program