Structuring and Documenting a USGS Public Data Release

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This tutorial is designed to help scientists think about the best way to structure and document their USGS public data releases. The ultimate goal is to present data in a logical and organized manner that enables users to quickly understand the data. The first part of the tutorial describes the general considerations for structuring and documenting a data release, regardless of the platform being used to distribute the data. The second part of the tutorial describes how these general consideration can be implemented in ScienceBase. The tutorial is designed for USGS researchers, data managers, and collaborators, but some of the content may be useful for non-USGS researchers who need some tips for structuring and documenting their data for public distribution.

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Michelle Chang
Madison Langseth
Drew Ignizio
Tamar Norkin
Vivian Hutchison
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
U.S. Geological Survey
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Creative Commons 0 - CC0 "No Rights Reserved" (Public Domain)
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No fee
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Langseth, M.L., Norkin, Tamar, Ignizio, D.A., Chang, M.Y., Hutchison, V.B., 2017, Structuring and Documenting a USGS Public Data Release: U.S. Geological Survey, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7RJ4GGJ.
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English
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Data access
Data publication
Data sharing
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Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Environmental Sciences
Published / Broadcast: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017
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https://doi.org/10.5066/F7RJ4GGJ
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U.S. Geological Survey
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Contact Person(s): 
Madison Langseth
Contact Organization(s): 
U.S. Geological Survey
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Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management.
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Early-career research scientist
Mid-career research scientist
Research scientist
Data manager
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Up to 1 hour
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USGS Science Support Framework
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Publish/Share
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