Create a ScienceBase Community

What is a ScienceBase community?

A community is a designated project space in ScienceBase. It appears in ScienceBase as a folder, and can contain any number of child items: individual records, folders, and links to ScienceBase items outside the community. A community can be private or visible to the public. Editing permissions are limited to users associated with the community.

View ScienceBase Communities

Screen shot showing community front page

Create a Community

To create a ScienceBase community, please e-mail the following information to

  • Community name
  • Community name acronym or short reference
  • Description of the community and its mission
  • Keywords, or tags, describing the community
  • Users associated with the community (full name, e-mail address, affiliation). These users will have editing permissions to the community
  • Community manager(s) (full name, e-mail address, affiliation). Please specify at least one person as the community manager. These users will serve as points of contact for the community.  
  • For non-USGS users working in partnership with USGS, at least one USGS employee should be listed as a Community Manager that will also serve as a point of contact for the community.

Community managers can edit information about their community by selecting the Manage” drop-down menu (on the far right side of the grey title bar) and then selecting “Edit."

For information about managing view and edit permissions for ScienceBase items, please visit this page. Community managers can give permissions to any user that has a myUSGS account. When a user logs in to ScienceBase or another myUSGS tool for the first time with their active directory credentials, an account will automatically be created. Users outside the Department of Interior can request a myUSGS account if they are collaborating with a USGS project and have a USGS sponsor. Here are instructions on how to create a myUSGS account. 

Community managers can create saved searches to allow rapid access to a select group of records within a community. Learn more about designating saved searches



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