The following establishes internal guidelines for posting USGS science information on the Community for Data Integration (CDI) Wiki. All USGS collaborators are responsible for ensuring that this guidance is followed when posting information to the CDI Wiki.
To ensure science quality and integrity, USGS Fundamental Science Practices (FSP) policy requires that any information products (including Web pages) containing scientific information receive appropriate peer review and Bureau approval prior to release (refer to SM 502.4 and SM 205.18).
The CDI Wiki will be open to the public and will primarily be used as a forum for meeting notices and technology discussions. Other uses may be identified as the CDI Wiki evolves. Interpretive USGS science may not be publicly released on the Wiki without prior Bureau approval; to ensure compliance with this requirement, password-protected options will be provided to appropriate USGS staff as needed during the collaboration process of developing science information.\
The CDI partners with a variety of organizations and communities, some of whom have similar Wiki forums for online content. The following serve as content examples and are sites with which the CDI community will often collaborate:
CDI Wiki contributors must be aware that the content they create and edit may be viewed by anyone, including the general public, and that the content they manage must comply with USGS policy. Information contained in attachments to postings must comply with USGS policy requirements.
If brand-name products or commercial entities such as laboratories are mentioned, it is necessary to include the standard USGS product non-endorsement disclaimer statement ("Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.").
To ensure visibility of the USGS and the Department of Interior (DOI) Web site policy with regard to liability and non-endorsement, the following disclaimer will automatically be included on all pages throughout the CDI Wiki:
Depending on the information posted, additional disclaimers may be necessary. Contact a Bureau Approving Official (BAO) in the Office of Science Quality and Integrity with any questions about the use and placement of appropriate disclaimers.
Science Centers/Programs may have specific procedures or other restrictions or requirements regarding some content published to the Web, and the CDI Wiki content managers are expected to be aware of and adhere to these rules. For example, peer review requirements for some abstracts, posters used in poster sessions, and presentation materials are at the discretion of the Science Center Director.
Questions concerning these guidelines may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org