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U.S. Geological Survey Data Release Workbench Beta: Phase 1
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Recent USGS Instructional Memoranda have outlined a formal "Data Release" process for USGS scientific data. This Data Release Workbench brings together a variety of existing tools across USGS to streamline release of USGS scientific data, and enables USGS researchers to verify completion of all aspects of data release.

USGS data release includes the following components:

Data Release Workbench Phase 1

Welcome to the Data Release Workbench. The goal of the first phase of the Workbench is to familiarize you with the necessary elements for USGS data release and provide some tools to help you. The checklist is simply that - a checklist. It is intended only for you to track your progress.

Soon, however, the Workbench will be more than just a checklist.

In the next phases of this project, the intention is that these tools will be more interactive.

You will be able to seamlessly work between the tools, transferring some of the same information needed in various aspects of data release between your data management plan, your metadata record, your digital object identifier metadata, etc. We hope to create an experience that makes your data release easy to complete!

What constitutes a release of USGS scientific data within USGS?

USGS data releases must include the following five elements:

  1. USGS Fundamental Science Practices (FSP)-compliant peer review of data and metadata, undertaken within USGS Information Product Data System
  2. FGDC-compliant Metadata describing the data
  3. A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) specific to USGS, and pointing to the data
  4. A reliable and publicly available location where the data can be accessed (via the DOI) such as ScienceBase
  5. Availability of the released metadata describing the data in the USGS Science Data Catalog

Please see the USGS Data Management Web site for more information on the Data Release process.

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