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Scientific Data Stewardship

Data Lifecycle Management

Good data management practices enable discovery, sharing and reuse of data, and reduce redundancy. NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) preserves, stewards, and maximizes the utility of the Federal government's billion-dollar investment in high-quality environmental data. NCEI provides data lifecycle management and scientific data stewardship services so that the results of scientific research are made available to and useful for the public, industry, and the scientific community.

In 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum directing Federal agencies to increase the public accessibility of publications and digital data produced by federal researchers or by recipients of federal funds. NOAA's plan to increase Public Access to Research Results (PARR) describes activities that will be undertaken by NOAA to meet these goals, as well as the provisions of the US Open Data Policy.

NCEI has considerable expertise in ensuring the long-term preservation of scientific data and has well-established repositories for scientific data in digital formats. NCEI engages with users through customer service and user-engagement specialists.

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NOAA Data Management Policy and Implementation Guidance

Quick Links to Key Information

Management of Environmental Data and Information - NOAA's policy providing high-level direction that guides procedures, decisions, and actions regarding environmental data and information management throughout NOAA

NOAA Environmental Data Management Committee Procedural Directives - Guidance on NOAA policy implementation is provided in procedural directives that address the full data lifecycle of all domains of NOAA environmental information and records

NOAA Plan for Increasing Public Access to Research Results - NOAA's Response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Memorandum Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research issued February 22, 2013

NOAA Archiving Guidelines - A summary of the procedures and requirements that apply to archiving data at NOAA

Data Management Resources

Quick Links to Community-of-Practice Information

Data Management: A Guide to Federal Funding Agency Requirements - A summary of Federal Agency responses to the OSTP memorandum, from the Northwestern University Library

Elements of a Data Management Plan - A guide to Data Management Planning essentials for research scientists, from the University of New Mexico Library

DMPTool - An online Data Management Planning Tool provided as service of the University of California Curation Center of the California Digital Library

Project Open Data: Managing Information as an Asset - A collection of code, tools and case studies developed by the White House to help agencies adopt the Open Data Policy

Data Management Cookbook - A step-by-step guide to good data management practices developed by scientists and for scientists

International Digital Curation Centre - A range of resources including How-to Guides, case studies and online services

Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving - A policy-agnostic compilation of best practices gleaned from the experience of many archivists and investigators

National Centers for Biotechnology Information - Develops new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes