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This focus group is no longer active, it was active from ~2011-2013. See the DMWG Focus Groups page to access current and past Data Management Focus groups. 

Data Management Working Group, Best Practices Focus Group

The Best Practices Focus Group was formed in early 2011 to compile a suite of best practices, lessons learned, learning opportunities, etc., regarding data managment, lifecycles, etc.  The goal is to organize this information and make it available through a website or portal.


  • The Data Best Practices Focus Group meetings will begin anew when new projects are identified.

Projects and Activities


Membership is open to anyone.  If you are interested in joining this focus group, please contact Heather Henkel ( and/or Viv Hutchison (


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PDF File DBPS_NSFWorkshop_USGS Position Paper.pdf Aug 24, 2011 by Benson, Abigail L.
Microsoft Powerpoint 97 Slideshow USGS Data Management Best Practices Report to CDI.ppt Report to DMWG - Progress to Date Sep 06, 2011 by
Microsoft Word Document Data Lifecycle Models and Concepts v9.docx Data Life Cycle Models v.9 Oct 05, 2011 by
Microsoft Word Document Data Management Working Group Comments.docx DMWG 1-9-2012 Comments on Model Feb 02, 2012 by
PDF File Data Management for LTER 1980-2010 (NSF BIO 12 002).pdf Position Paper, Data Management for LTER: 1980-2010 (NSF BIO 12-002) Feb 03, 2012 by Govoni, David L.