The evolution, approval and implementation of the U.S. Geological Survey Science Data Lifecycle Model

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This paper details how the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Community for Data Integration (CDI) Data Management Working Group developed a Science Data Lifecycle Model, and the role the Model plays in shaping agency-wide policies. Starting with an extensive literature review of existing data Lifecycle models, representatives from various backgrounds in USGS attended a two-day meeting where the basic elements for the Science Data Lifecycle Model were determined. Refinements and reviews spanned two years, leading to finalization of the model and documentation in a formal agency publication .

The Model serves as a critical framework for data management policy, instructional resources, and tools. The Model helps the USGS address both the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) for increased public access to federally funded research, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2013 Open Data directives, as the foundation for a series of agency policies related to data management planning, metadata development, data release procedures, and the long-term preservation of data. Additionally, the agency website devoted to data management instruction and best practices ( is designed around the Model’s structure and concepts. This paper also illustrates how the Model is being used to develop tools for supporting USGS research and data management processes.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The evolution, approval and implementation of the U.S. Geological Survey Science Data Lifecycle Model
Series title Journal of eScience Librarianship
DOI 10.7191/jeslib.2017.1117
Volume 6
Issue 2
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher University of Massachusetts
Contributing office(s) Core Science Analytics and Synthesis, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description e1117; 10 p.
First page 1
Last page 10
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