U.S. Geological Survey, remote sensing, and geoscience data: Using standards to serve us all

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) advocates the use of standards with geosciences and remotely sensed data and metadata for its own purposes and those of its customers. In activities that range from archiving data to making a product, the incorporation of standards makes these functions repeatable and understandable. More important, when accepted standards are followed, data discovery and sharing can be more efficient and the overall value to society can be expanded. The USGS archives many terabytes of digital geoscience and remotely sensed data. Several million photographs are also available to the research community. To manage these vast holdings and ensure that strict preservation and high usability criteria are observed, the USGS uses standards within the archival, data management, public access and ordering, and data distribution areas. The USGS uses Federal and international standards in performing its role as the U.S. National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive and in its mission as the long-term archive and production center for aerial photographs and cartographic data covering the United States.

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U.S. Geological Survey, remote sensing, and geoscience data: Using standards to serve us all
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Piscataway, NJ, United States
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International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
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Conference Title:
2000 Intenational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2000)
Conference Location:
Honolulu, HI, USA
Conference Date:
24 July 2000 through 28 July 2000