Confluence Retirement

Due to the feedback from stakeholders and our commitment to not adversely impact USGS science activities that Confluence supports, we are extending the migration deadline to January 2023.

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is targeted for retirement. The official USGS Wiki and collaboration space is now SharePoint. Please migrate existing spaces and content to the SharePoint platform and remove it from Confluence at your earliest convenience. If you need any additional information or have any concerns about this change, please contact Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
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Science Center DM Strategy Template

A helpful template to make or describe decisions on how an individual science center will meet the requirements of the new Open Data policies and comply with the USGS Public Access Plan. The template is intended to be modified and customized so that it will work specifically for individual science centers and can be used as a way to communicate new operational procedures to staff.


DMP Tools Comparison Chart

A compiled list of online solutions developed by various programs and centers in USGS that support development of electronic DMPs. Users can evaluate and compare these approaches to determine whether a solution meet their needs.


Top 9 DMP Writing Best Practices

The nine most important principles to consider when writing your Data Management Plan.


  1. Create a DMP prior to initiating research as required by USGS policy. (reference)

  2. Consider available DMP tools and templates, along with their intended use. (reference)

  3. Write DMP content that is descriptive of the project’s data acquisition, processing, analysis, preservation, publishing, and sharing (public access) of products as described by the USGS Science Data Lifecycle.

  4. Identify any proprietary or sensitive data in the DMP prior to data acquisition or collection to legally justify the need to withhold them from public access if necessary.

  5. Define roles and responsibilities for management, distribution and ownership of data and subsequent metadata or, if available, reference existing Memoranda of Understanding, Memoranda of Agreement, and/or Data Sharing agreements.

  6. Add content to supplement a DMP template provided by a funding source if that template does not allow you to fully describe your project, data assets, and products and the required investments needed for any software (developed or purchased) and any hardware that are needed to support the research.

  7. Establish a schedule for reviewing and updating a DMP in combination with project events such as funding approval, project review, and publication. (reference)

  8. Ensure DMP content contains  a level of detail that enables stakeholders (funders, project staff, and repository managers) to understand the reality of the project activities.

  9. Ensure that DMP content and outlined procedures reflect USGS Fundamental Science Practices (FSP) requirements  and Science Center guidance.

Supplemental DMP FAQ's

The following FAQ's were developed to extend the information provided by the FSP DMP FAQ web page ( This list also presents exemplary solutions from USGS science centers that are currently in practice.

Note: Always refer to specific guidance that may be provided by your funding source or science center to understand their requirements first and foremost.


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