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Highlights Archive

Highlights Archive

Quick Access Links for USGS Data & Software Release

Have lots of information to navigate? Access high level key information needed to release data and software in one place. We will keep it updated with quick access info!

New USGS Public Access Plan Released [PDF]

Learn how the USGS is taking steps to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from USGS-funded research through the Public Access Plan.

USGS data release: A new way to make USGS data more accessible

USGS is making data more open and available to the public. Learn more about how USGS researchers and scientists can publish USGS science data through the data release process.

New USGS Data Management Training Modules

New training modules are available for researchers, data stewards, managers and the public to learn best practices in managing scientific data for discovery, access, and reuse.

New USGS FAQ on the Release of Scientific Data

The Fundamental Science Practices (FSP) frequently asked questions are a supplement to the Survey Manual (SM) Instructional Memorandum (IM) OSQI 2015-03 for data review, approval, and release of scientific data.

USGS Science Data Exit Survey Form

The Exit Survey Form, which collects general information and specifics about the departing employee’s data, provides for an opportunity to document data and information created by the employee, as well as to transfer knowledge and experience.

USGS Science Data Catalog

USGS unveils a tool for discovery of public USGS Datasets through text-based search; keyword, mission area, data source, and scientist faceting; and GIS-based search mechanisms. USGS programs can contribute to the Catalog by providing metadata for their online datasets through the Dashboard.

USGS Data Management Assessment

The USGS Data Management Assessment, made available for 7 weeks to USGS scientists and those who support science data management activities, closed on June 20th. An inter-Mission Area working group will meet in July to analyze the data and determine appropriate venues for the distribution of findings. Stay tuned!

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) usage and adoption in US Geological Survey [PDF]

USGS presented a poster in two conferences in 2014 on the adoption and usage of DOIs for data and information to show the on-going effort in this area and raise awareness about the value of applying DOIs to USGS science.

Science Data Life Cycle Open File Report

The USGS Science Data Life Cycle, around which the data management website is organized, will be release in an open file report soon. The life cycle outlines data management steps to help ensure that USGS data are findable, and preserved for access and use beyond the research project.

USGS Data Management Training Modules

Need help performing good data management in your research and organization? Follow three interactive modules to understand the value of data management in science and get helpful tips and best practices to manage your data well.

USGS Data Management Website winner of the 2013 Shoemaker Awards

The USGS Data Management Website tied as a winner for the 2013 USGS Shoemaker Communication Awards under the External: Internet Category. The website is committed to providing timely and relevant data management best practices across the Bureau.

Data Management in the CDI FY14 Requests for Proposals

The USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) has kickstarted the annual RFP process. This year, 7 Statements of Interests have been submitted in Category 1: Management, Policy and Standards.

CDI Webinar Session on Data Management: Presentations

The USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) held a special webinar session on Data Management in September 2013. The session featured 8 presentations about data management activities across the USGS.

International Data Curation Conference (IDCC)

The IDCC conference will highlight tools and data services, address skills needed to manage and use data assets, and explore perspectives on the progress of data curation. All data and information creators, managers, users, researchers, and teachers are welcome.

Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset [PDF]

Important memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was released on May 9, 2013. Arriving months after the OSTP Memo [PDF], the OMB memo defines 'open data' as "...publicly available data structured in a way that enables the data to be fully discoverable and usable by end users." The policy requires information to be created to support “downstream information processing and dissemination activities”. Other requirements involve building information systems to "support interoperability and information accessibility” and strengthening “data management and release practices”. The OMB is accompanied by an Executive Order from the President that proposes responsible management of all federal data."

Coming Soon! The Geologic Collections Management System (GCMS)[PDF]

The GCMS is a Master Catalog and Collections Management Plan for USGS Geologic Samples and Sample Collections. The Geologic Materials Repository Working Group led by the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) has examined ways in which USGS collections could be coordinated, cataloged, and made available to researchers. Criteria have been developed for evaluating current collections and to establish an operating plan and set of standard practices for handling, identifying, and retaining future sample collections. It is anticipated that the GCMS publication will be available by the end of the summer. Stay tuned!

Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research [PDF]

Important memorandum from the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was released on February 23, 2013. The memo is intended to ensure "wider availability of peer-reviewed publications and scientific data in digital formats" to "accelerate scientific breakthroughs and innovation, promote entrepreneurship, and enhance economic growth and job creation" as well as "create innovative economic markets for services related to curation, preservation, analysis, and visualization."