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The Software Reference Library is an experimental top-level system collection in ScienceBase designed to provide an alternative organization to software assets cataloged in ScienceBase. It was inspired by the development of the Biogeographic Information System and is a virtual component of that framework. The experimental aspect of this for ScienceBase is the overall flattening of the hierarchical system, which has become entirely too complex over time. The Software Reference Library houses items that describe software. In general one of the primary functions of these items is to provide direction to source code that may exist on USGS infrastructure (e.g., myUSGS BitBucket Server) and/or in a third party repository...
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Recent open data policies of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which were fully enforceable on October 1, 2016, require that federally funded information products (publications, etc.) be made freely available to the public, and that the underlying data on which the conclusions are based must be released. A key and relevant aspect of these policies is that data collected by USGS programs must be shared with the public, and that these data are subject to the review requirements of Fundamental Science Practices (FSP). These new policies add a substantial burden to USGS scientists and science centers; however, the upside of working towards compliance with...
The purpose of this project was to establish and support a USGS Mobile Environment website to provide support of portable hardware devices, application development and application delivery. The development of a framework to fully support this endeavor will require input and involvement by Core Science Systems, Enterprise Information, Science Quality and Integrity, Office of Communication, Publishing and the mobile community. Benefits One-stop shop to provide detailed support information across USGS Mission Areas Actual functioning mobile applications, built collectively Deliverables Trained Mobile Community Workshop held July 17 – 19, 2012 Presentation given at CDI-hosted Webinar (September 2012) Provides Support,...
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How can the public discover opportunities for participation in USGS scientific research? What citizen science projects are currently active within the USGS? How may PIs increase public engagement in and awareness of their citizen science projects? To address these questions, a web application leveraging existing Community for Data Integration (CDI) and USGS work was created to allow unprecedented public access to USGS citizen science project metadata and highlights of key science outcomes. Such an application enables, for the first time, high-visibility, unified open access to information about projects and practices related to citizen participation in USGS research. The need for such information was identified...
http://txpub.usgs.gov/myscience/ This web application is a product of the 2013 CDI Project: myScience: USGS Citizen Science Project Discovery & Public Engagement Web Application. The application leverages existing Community for Data Integration (CDI) and USGS work to allow unprecedented public access to USGS citizen science project metadata and highlights of key science outcomes. The application enables, for the first time, high-visibility, unified open access to information about projects and practices related to citizen participation in USGS research.
The Data Reference Library is an experimental top-level system collection in ScienceBase designed to provide an alternative organization to data assets cataloged in ScienceBase. It was inspired by the development of the Biogeographic Information System and is a virtual component of that framework. The experimental aspect of this for ScienceBase is the overall flattening of the hierarchical system, which has become entirely too complex over time. The Data Reference Library houses data items that are either native to the ScienceBase Repository or metadata items that point to third party data services from other repositories.
The Research Reference Library is an experimental top-level system collection in ScienceBase designed to provide an alternative organization to data assets cataloged in ScienceBase. It was inspired by the development of the Biogeographic Information System and is a virtual component of that framework. The experimental aspect of this for ScienceBase is the overall flattening of the hierarchical system, which has become entirely too complex over time. The Research Reference Library houses research references; generally, scientific papers and other information assets. In general citation records point to and use authoritative identifiers like DOIs and contain information directly from those sources and cached in...
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To submit a new model to the Catalog or provide feedback on an existing model item, please complete the Model Catalog Feedback & Submission form. The U.S. Geological Survey Model Catalog Project (USGS-MCP) incorporates an experimental approach for identifying and featuring scientific models developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other scientific models developed by external organizations used in USGS investigations. The USGS-MCP strives to achieve three primary goals: Improve discovery and awareness of scientific models Develop mechanisms to link scientific models to supplementary information, including professional contacts, reference literature, web resources, source code, data, and documented model...
Categories: Data
This is an experimental collection that implements an information model for biogeographic information. We are building this on the conceptual foundation from the Global Change Information System. We are using the Biogeographic Information System, accessed via the ScienceBase API, as a basis to drive an experimental new map interface (National Biogeographic Map) and a developing iterative report concept (National Biodiversity Assessment).
This is an experimental collection of State species of interest from the New Mexico Heritage Society's "Biota Information System of New Mexico." There is interest from a NM Game and Fish Department contact in updating their connection with GAP species as well as discovering a new way to directly connect to live data on Species of Greatest Conservation Need. We are experimenting with a way to pick up all species and run them through the TIR process. The current BISON-M web application provides no smooth way that we could find to interface with software (including web scraping), so we ran a brute force query for all species in the database, copied the raw tabular text output to a text file, and then wrote a simple...
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The United States has over 2 million dams on rivers and streams (Graf, 1999), and more than 84,000 of the larger dams are documented in the congressionally mandated National Inventory of Dams (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2015). The average age of these National Inventory of Dams is 52 years; by the year 2030, over 80 percent will be at least 50 years old (American Society of Civil Engineers, 2015). As a result of this aging infrastructure, dam removal has increased during recent decades with the total number of removed dams estimated at around 1,200 (American Rivers, 2014). Many factors drive downstream physical and biological responses following dam removal, with most rivers changing rapidly and demonstrating...
The Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP) is an online representation and visualization tool for the USGS Dam Removal Science Database, inspired by Bellmore et al. 2015 and now developed as a live data system in ScienceBase as part of the Biogeographic Information System. DRIP provides a map-based visualization of information of dam removals and associated scientific studies. The database was developed in cooperation with the NGO, American Rivers, who also provides data on other dam removals that lack associated scientific studies. The original software for the online DRIP application was developed in cooperation with AppGeo. Basic information about the dam’s location, size, date built and date removed are provided...
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The removal of dams has increased in recent years due to aging infrastructure, changing societal needs, and modern safety standards. Where possibilities for river restoration, or improved safety, exceed the benefits of retaining a dam, removal is more often being considered a viable option. Yet, as this is a relatively new development in the history of river management, science is just beginning to guide our understanding of the physical and ecological implications of dam removal. Ultimately, however, deciding if and how to remove aging dams should be guided by “lessons learned” from previous studies that have examined the ecosystem effects of dam removal. We are creating a dynamic database that organizes published...
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Digital Elevation Models (DEM) provide details of the earth’s surface and are used for visualization, physical modeling, and elevation change analysis. Creating DEMs in coastal environments is complicated by the highly ephemeral nature of the coast and the need to span the land-water interface. This requires merging multiple bathymetric and topographic datasets that have been collected at different times, using different instrument platforms with varying levels of accuracy, and with variable spatial resolution and coverage. Because coastal change can occur over relatively short time scales (days to weeks in the case of storms), rapid updates to coastal DEMs are also needed. These challenges and the lack of available...
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The removal of dams has recently increased over historical levels due to aging infrastructure, changing societal needs, and modern safety standards rendering some dams obsolete. Where possibilities for river restoration, or improved safety, exceed the benefits of retaining a dam, removal is more often being considered as a viable option. Yet, as this is a relatively new development in the history of river management, science is just beginning to guide our understanding of the physical and ecological implications of dam removal. Ultimately, the “lessons learned” from previous scientific studies on the outcomes dam removal could inform future scientific understanding of ecosystem outcomes, as well as aid in decision-making...
Categories: Publication; Types: Citation
Executive Summary The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a long history of advancing the traditional Earth science disciplines and identifying opportunities to integrate USGS science across disciplines to address complex societal problems. The USGS science strategy for 2007-2017 laid out key challenges in disciplinary and interdisciplinary arenas, culminating in a call for increased focus on a number of crosscutting science directions. Ten years on, to further the goal of integrated science and at the request of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), a workshop with three dozen invited scientists spanning different disciplines and career stages in the Bureau convened on February 7-10, 2017, at the USGS John Wesley...
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Increasingly, USGS scientists seek to share and collaborate while working on data and code. Furthermore, these scientists often require advanced computing resources. Jupyter Notebooks are one such tool for creating these workflows. The files are interactive, code “notebooks” which allow users to combine code and text in one document, enabling scientists to share the stories held within their data. Recently, USGS launched an instance of Pangeo—a community platform for Big Data geoscience—as a tool for internally hosting and executing these notebooks. Few examples exist on how to use Pangeo and no formal documentation exists for USGS scientists to use Pangeo. We will create and curate examples of using Jupyter Notebooks...
This collection contains logical groupings of data and information assets that are assembled/curated to answer particular questions or provide an application for using and working within the Biogeographic Information System. The collections here are logical packages of biogeographic data assets that we assemble in order to tell particular stories, build mapping applications, and present information together in ways that work toward a purpose. The collections are intended to be dynamically interfaced with via the ScienceBase Application Programming Interface (API) where they are called up by an application that interprets contents in a particular way to present functionality to a user in a mapping interface or some...
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The Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative Literature Database is a collection of publication records that reference the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI). The database was developed in an effort to provide the WLCI community with a more functional publication citation index and storage system. By maintaining the literature database, the WLCI community has the opportunity to streamline their workflow and gain further insight into the work that has been published on in regards to the WLCI effort. The xDD API, ScienceBase Catalog, USGS Publications Warehouse, ORCiD website, USGS Staff Profiles website, WLCI website, and the homepages of WLCI scientists were used to search and compile records. The...
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Fluid circulation in the Earth's crust plays an essential role in surface, near surface, and deep crustal processes. Flow pathways are driven by hydraulic gradients but controlled by material permeability, which varies over many orders of magnitude and changes over time. Although millions of measurements of crustal properties have been made, including geophysical imaging and borehole tests, this vast amount of data and information has not been integrated into a comprehensive knowledge system. A community data infrastructure is needed to improve data access, enable large-scale synthetic analyses, and support representations of the subsurface in Earth system models. Here, we describe the motivation, vision, challenges,...
Categories: Publication; Types: Citation


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