Scientific data serve as a foundation for future conservation action
A strategy for managing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s scientific data
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's scientific data serve as the foundation for future conservation actions. The Service has committed to the goals of good data stewardship in order to make better decisions based on defensible, high-quality scientific information, practice more efficient project management, and improve conservation delivery, all to provide beneficial conservation outcomes.
Managing government information as an asset will increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, improve services, support mission needs, safeguard personal information, and increase public access to valuable government information.
Managing scientific data is essential for meeting our mission
Good data management improves decision making
The data we acquire, maintain, and analyze are important assets towards the Service’s goals. Making decisions based on reliable and accessible data improves our conservation outcomes, as well as the Service’s scientific credibility.
Good data management saves time and resources
Careful upfront planning ensures that data are quickly converted into usable conservation information and easily available to inform future analyses and decisions.
We are already transforming our data management practices
Improvements in data management in the Service have long been led by grassroots efforts from staff who recognize these benefits. Recent policies have led to the National Data Initiative, which will offer support, tools, and resources and help foster this shift in the Service culture.
Good data stewardship requires a commitment to improving all aspects of data management
Data Management Life Cycle
Our data are corporate assets with value beyond our immediate need. Data management is the responsibility of all Service employees and is best achieved by managing data through all parts of a data management life cycle: planning, acquisition, maintenance, access, evaluation, archiving, and quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC). Questions of documentation, storage, quality assurance, and stewardship need to be answered for each stage of the life cycle.