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Use Case #1: Publish Data via USGS Data Series Report

Scenario: a USGS scientist wants to make a public release of a USGS data collection (previously not released or part of a national collection or other ‘approved’ dissemination).

  • Scientist creates a data product in one of the USGS publication series (Data Series, Open File Report, or Administrative Report) and publishes it. Publishing involves meeting USGS requirements for:
    • Review of content, metadata, policy implications, and conformity with USGS standards for accuracy and clarity of expression
    • Use of the USGS Information Product Data System (IPDS)
    • Approval by the designated approving official (a Science Center Director (or designee) can approve non-interpretive data. A BAO must approve data  that are considered new interpretive (refer to Survey Manual Chapter 205.18).
    • Production and release through the USGS Science Publishing Network.
  • Three publication series can be used:
    1. A Data Series is currently the common USGS means of documenting data to meet approval standards.
      1. Publish Data via USGS Data Series Report 
    2. An Open-File Report is intended for preliminary release of information and has minimal editorial review requirements.
    3. An Administrative Report is submitted to another Federal agency that may publish, not publish, or may allow USGS to publish.
    • Note: Another series, the Techniques and Methods series is appropriate to use for data collected and processed with new or unique techniques.

Once published, the data is considered to be disseminated or released. The data can then be made available through value-added data services and new product formats (, Web Mapping Service (WMS), and so on).

Recommendation document #1: Submitted April 2, 2013 to our Executive Sponsors

This document provides a view of the current (2013) workflow associated with releasing data and includes recommendations for improving the current review and approval processes in USGS for release of data. It address challenges the team identified in determining whether USGS legacy data, data associated with an approved publication, or data released in a USGS series can be disseminated. If implemented, the recommendations will improve the processes and procedures for public dissemination of USGS data. 

Data Release Use Case Team: Recommendations (April 2, 2013)

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