United States Geological Survey (USGS)

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United States Geological Survey (USGS)

About the United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods, the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources that humans rely on, the health of ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Created by an act of Congress in 1879, the U.S. Geological Survey is the country's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency. It is sought out by thousands of partners and customers for its natural science expertise and its vast earth and biological data holdings.


The USGS realizes the value of our scientific data and has joined the Organizational Assembly to best serve our data and related science to our broad userbase. The interests and challenges of RDA members and groups are shared by many USGS practitioners, many who collaborate in the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) community of practice. Shared topics of discussion include data citation, data management plans, implementation of FAIR data and software workflows, physical and digital collections, data versioning, and Earth and environmental Sciences. USGS's participation as an organizational member will help the flow of ideas and solutions between our two dynamic communities.



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