Confluence Retirement

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, the myUSGS Confluence service is targeted for retirement on January 28, 2022. 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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* Note that the color of the Framework elements (Figure 2) match those of the Overview elements in Figure 1.

USGS SCIENTISTS conduct MONITORING, ASSESSMENT, AND RESEARCH that generates DATA ASSETS. Through the application of business, computational, and analytical processes and technologies, these USGS DATA ASSETS flow vertically through the SSF from a base of MONITORING, ASSESSMENT, AND RESEARCH through the Scientific Data Life Cycle (SDLC) processes, applications, Web services, and semantics. The DATA ASSETSare transformed into INFORMATION products that benefit from data and knowledge management and also increase KNOWLEDGE and understanding of the Earth's physical and biological systems. Data assets also flow horizontally through the SSF from and through science projects to data and knowledge management.