USGS Data Templates Overview

Key Info
Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 

Creating Data Templates for data collection, data storage, and metadata saves time and increases consistency. Utilizing form validation increases data entry reliability.
Topics include:

  • Why use data templates?
  • Templates During Data Entry - how to design data validating templates 
  • After Data Entry - ensuring accurate data entry
  • Data Storage and Metadata
  • Best Practices
    • Data Templates
    • Long-term Storage
  • Tools for creating data templates
  • Google Forms 
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • OpenOffice - Calc


Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
U.S. Geological Survey
Access Cost: 
No fee
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
More info about
Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data collection
Data handling
Data lifecycle
Data management
Data quality - Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements
Data storage
Organizing data
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Published / Broadcast: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
U.S. Geological Survey
Media Type - designation of the form in which the content of the learning resource is represented, e.g., moving image: 
Text - an explanation of a concept or a story using human readable characters formed into words, usually distinguished from graphical images.
Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Text - body of a printed work, to include reading passages.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Research scientist
Mid-career research scientist
Early-career research scientist
Research faculty
Graduate student
Undergraduate student
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)
Framework - A community-based organization plan or set of steps for education or training: 
USGS Science Support Framework
Framework Node: USGS Science Support Framework: