Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. To initiate a community, e-mail to request creation of a community and provide information about the effort.
  2. Non-USGS users can have ScienceBase accounts and belong to ScienceBase communities if they are collaborating on a project with the USGS.
  3. Read and write permissions are inherited from parent folders by default. Custom permissions may be applied for individual ScienceBase items. Logged in users may manage permissions to items for which they have write access.
  4. Users can add new records to ScienceBase by providing information through an online edit form. They can also create shortcuts to existing ScienceBase records.
  5. A saved search allows aggregation of records for quick access and may be cited by a URL for use in websites and e-mails.
  6. Visit to sign up for an account. Request access to the ScienceBase community by contacting the community manager or e-mailing
  7. Users may use Advanced Search to refine search results or build a custom URL with search specifications.
  8. ScienceBase has various built-in capabilities to store, organize, display, share, and serve geospatial (GIS) data.
  9. The current file size limit in ScienceBase is 10 GB. Depending on transmission speed, timeout limits may affect size of file upload. Support is available to add large files to ScienceBase.
  10. A community is a designated work space in ScienceBase. Communities can be created for any USGS group or partnership that would benefit from use of a centralized data management platform.


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