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IM OSQI 2015-03 Review and Approval of Scientific Data for Release


Scientific data created by or on behalf of the USGS are the property of the Federal Government. USGS scientific data are made available publicly and free of restrictions, except in rare cases where access must be restricted because of security, privacy, confidentiality, or other constraints. It is the policy of the USGS to provide timely public access to scientific data, information, and technologies developed by the Bureau’s information and research programs. The May 9, 2013, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum on “Open Data Policy—Managing Data as an Asset,” requires agencies to collect or create information in a way that supports downstream information processing and dissemination activities. This includes using [...]


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Alan D Thornhill

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This Instructional Memorandum (IM) provides interim requirements and procedures for review and approval of scientific data prior to release or dissemination. The IM applies to all U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientific data that are released to the public (including, but not limited to, data that are made available in datasets, databases, data services, and publications, as well as model outputs and derived products. The IM replaces the part of Survey Manual (SM) chapter SM 500.24 - Policy for Release of Computer Databases and Computer Programs, dated April 9, 1993, that addresses Computer Databases. The part of SM 500.24 that addresses Computer Programs will be addressed separately. This IM is interim policy to allow the time needed for USGS science activities to fully implement the data release requirements herein and it will be retained until superseded by a permanent Survey Manual (SM) policy chapter.


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