Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) seeks to provide access to multiple heterogeneous information collections through a centralized metadata registry and a distributed and sustainable cyberinfrastucture. The focus of DataONE is ecology, biology, and environment science and related scientific disciplines. DataONE's intent is to help provide preservation, retrieval and value added analysis for archival data.
There are three major components in the DataONE infrastructure:
The USGS participates in the DataONE initiative by serving as a member node. This means that USGS contributes its data to the DataONE network, and also provides in-kind support - multiple CSAS&L and CSS employees share their expertise as members of various DataONE working groups. The CSAS&L and DataONE collaboration is mutually beneficial as it allows leveraging resources on the road to the common goal - enhancing access to the scientific information and data though developing and applying best practices in data management.
CSAS&L and CSS employees are contributing to several DataONE Committees and Working Groups. These include:
DataONE Search - DataONE is a community driven project providing access to data across multiple Member Node repositories, supporting enhanced search and discovery of Earth and environmental science data. Data and metadata from across this distributed network of data centers, science networks and organizations is discoverable through DataONE Search.
Best Practices of Data Management – this unique resources provides individuals with recommendations on how to effectively work with their data through all stages of the data lifecycle. Users can access best practices within the database by clicking on a stage of the lifecycle, selecting keywords (under advanced search) or using free search.
Mike Frame - lead of the activity for CSAS&L, one of the DataONE Principal Investigators. Other CSAS&L employees participating in this activity are listed as members of working groups on the DataONE Web site.
For additional contact information and information on how to get involved, please consult DataONE Web site.