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The release of USGS data and data products must be as universal as scholarly publications to comply with recent mandates to make scientific data accessible. To achieve this goal with consistent quality standards, the data review must be included in the review and approval process prior to release. Data review is similar to peer review, but different in some important ways. Both evaluate a product intended for public release; in this case the product is data rather than a scholarly publication. Both reviewers perform a detailed evaluation of the product, provide comments and suggestions to the author, and certify that the review has occurred. The special focus of the data reviewer is the accuracy, completeness, and usability of a data [...]

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The following checklist is provided for the assistance of data reviewers who are experienced in working with the particular type of data being reviewed. It is assumed that data reviewers have the expertise and tools to access and assess both the data and the metadata, and also are knowledgeable about appropriate methods for managing and presenting data within the relevant scientific discipline.


  • USGS Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC)


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