Much of the conversation from the 2010 Community for Data Integration Workshop coalesced into an approach using key science questions generated through the USGS Science Strategy Themes and the application of a growing "Data Integration Toolkit." While there is much in the way of plumbing that ultimately needs to be created for data management and service oriented architecture, the plumbing without direct application to science is meaningless. This page provides some of the key questions raised during the workshop and serves as a starting page for the continual development of these questions.
Conversely, a strong theme throughout the Workshop was the need for changes in the USGS way of doing science so that data management is incorporated and data integration is possible. Although we can count on the strategy themes to keep their eyes on the science questions, the need for ongoing data management is a concern that the Data Integration Community will need to champion. Toolkit without underlying data is useless, and that data will not be present without a critical capability in data management: knowledge, skills, shared standards, and appropriate business practices, as well as plumbing. The data management requirements of science questions are also developed on this page.
How vulnerable are the ecosystems of the ocean, coast, and Great Lakes to human activities such as energy development, fishing, water use and disposal, transportation, agriculture and aquaculture? Where offshore are there critical energy or mineral resources, valuable fisheries, good sites for alternative energy generation? How can we adaptively manage ecosystems and resources through changes in climate and human activities? These are the science questions asked by the National Ocean Council, through its Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Process, and they are cross-cutting through all six USGS Science Themes: Ecosystems, Climate Change, Fresh Water, Energy and Minerals, Human Health, and Natural Hazards.