Confluence Retirement

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is scheduled for retirement on January 27th, 2023. 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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This focus group is no longer active, it was active from ~2012-2013. See the DMWG Focus Groups page to access current and past Data Management Focus groups. 


A new Working Group was formed in Feb. 2012 around a use case involving the release of USGS data. As USGS Programs and Centers develop a new generation of data services, we are encountering the need to have a quick, unequivocal, and authoritative answer to the question, "Can these data be released?" The question is most commonly asked about legacy data that are being requested by an external scientist for integration with newly acquired data. Another case, becoming increasingly common, is about release of the raw data underlying an approved publication in order to meet journal requirements for transparency. In a third case, the USGS data are released through regional or topical data services that integrate data from multiple originators and are maintained by other agencies or academic partners.