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Description: A group to develop mechanisms for incorporating data management into USGS science and educate scientists of its value.

Points Of Contact: Viv Hutchison (vhutchison@usgs.gov), Madison Langseth (mlangseth@usgs.gov)

Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month from 2-3:00pm ET (More meeting information)

To join: Add your email to https://listserv.usgs.gov/mailman/listinfo/cdi-datamanagement

Active subgroups: Metadata Reviewers Community of Practice


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Purpose

How can Community on Data Integration promote the practice of data management throughout USGS, thus elevating the value and accessibility of USGS data and making integration possible?

The US Geological Survey produces a vast number of valuable data sets every year used to advance science. Thousands of scientists in every science strategy work to develop, analyze, and publish papers on data collected by the Survey. However, the lifecycle of a data set does not end with a given scientist or project.  The ability to integrate multiple datasets for analysis and reuse expands the reasons for which a single dataset was originally collected. Data collection and analysis is only part of the foundation of science. Data integration is another key component needed to answer more complicated questions in science.  However, before data integration can be undertaken, it requires the data to meet certain standards that define the data life cycle.

There is an underlying assumption in USGS that the majority of data is available and poised for integration. This is simply not the case for most data. In most offices and programs, scientists and managers lack guidelines and standards to help ensure that relevant and critical documentation is collected before, during, and after data is collected.  Scientists spend needless time and money reproducing data sets that have already been collected, because they are unable to locate pre-existing collections.  Historical analyses are unable to be conducted because relevant data sets are missing necessary contextual information.  In addition, the USGS lacks critical measures that oblige the scientists, who work for the public sector, to make datasets available. In the current business model, it is difficult to find data within the Survey, much less to access and understand it. The promotion process for research grade scientists emphasizes publishing, yet overlooks the critical notion that the data itself is of enormous value and should be preserved, described, and made available.

Good data management is a prerequisite for data integration, and the Data Management Team will develop mechanisms for incorporating data management into USGS science and develop ways to educate scientists of its value. The group seeks to elevate the practice of data management such that it is seen as a critical partner in the pursuit of science in USGS.

Membership

The CDI Data Management Working Group (DMWG) welcomes the participation of anyone interested in Data Management. If you wish join the group, Add your email to https://listserv.usgs.gov/mailman/listinfo/cdi-datamanagement

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Monthly Call Information

  • Calls occur on the 2nd Monday of the month, 2:00-3:00p Eastern Time

Join with Zoom 

You can use your computer audio or you can dial in on the telephone:

Dial and of these phone numbers: 

646 876 9923 or

669 900 6833  or

408 740 3766

Meeting ID: 875 227 808

Description:Please use Zoom to join the Data Management Working Group meeting: https://zoom.us/j/875227808

Focus Groups

Active Focus Groups (2019)

Previously Active Focus Groups

Team Accomplishments

Teams and Sign Ups

A forum space to suggest focus "tiger" teams, share information, and sign up to participate.

Past Meetings

Notes and recordings from past meetings.