Government Open Data
Mike Frame (firstname.lastname@example.org) - USGS Core Science Analytics and Synthesis Program
Lisa Zolly (email@example.com) - USGS Core Science Analytics and Synthesis Program
Viv Hutchison (firstname.lastname@example.org) - USGS Core Science Analytics and Synthesis Program
SSF Category: Management, Policy, & Standards
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Core Science, Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries (CSAS&L) program has been a leader in the agency’s response to the Open Data Initiative launched by the Obama Administration in 2013. USGS has generated new applications, policies and ongoing initiatives for education and outreach, resulting in improved access and usability of the bureau’s data. The DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been a strong collaborator with CSAS&L in meeting these initiatives through the development of various tools, technologies, and best practices.
This poster will reference the resulting projects connected to USGS open data efforts including the Science Data Catalog, a searchable public data listing of officially released science data; the Science Data Lifecycle Model, a framework on which to convey best practices for the flow of scientific data in use by multiple organizations; the Digital Object Identifier creation tool, used to assign persistent identifiers to items; the Online Metadata Editor, a form-based tool that asks straightforward questions about a research dataset and generates a metadata record compliant with federal standards; as well as continued education and outreach methods. This poster addresses the challenges faced when managing, analyzing and sharing large quantities of earth science data; USGS CSASL goals relate to strengthening and progressing applied research computing, data best practices, and preparing the next-generation of data scientists for the global workforce.