Can non-USGS users create ScienceBase accounts?

Data authorship (item creation, editing, file management) in ScienceBase is reserved for USGS employees and individuals or groups working in partnership with the USGS.

Department of Interior employees can log in to ScienceBase with their Active Directory credentials. Users outside the Department of Interior must be sponsored by a USGS employee for access to ScienceBase. USGS sponsors are expected to be a current employee with a valid USGS email address who will work with non-DOI users to ensure partners follow the recommended approach to item creation, content organization, and data management within ScienceBase.

Here are instructions on how to sign up for a ScienceBase account:

  • Go to

  • Provide the requested information (email, first name, last name, and the email of the USGS employee serving as the sponsor).

  • Your sponsor will receive an email and be asked to confirm the account to complete the registration process.

  • After the sponsor verifies the registration, you will receive an email from myUSGS with a username and password.  

  • Once you have access to ScienceBase, you may still need to request access to a permission-controlled community space or data product from the users who manage it.


For additional documentation on system use, please review the ScienceBase User Agreement:

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