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Janet McConnell and Robert Frank are collecting data by measuring larval sea lamprey habitat on the East Branch Ontonagon River. Photo by Lynn Kanieski/USFWS.

Janet McConnell and Robert Frank are collecting data by measuring larval sea lamprey habitat on the East Branch Ontonagon River. Photo by Lynn Kanieski/USFWS.

Got data? Data use and collection comes with responsibilities

Think for a moment about your work. Maybe you are responsible for making management decisions at a refuge. Or, perhaps you are researching new techniques to manage invasive species. Are you conducting a species status assessment? These are just a few of many possible examples where data are critical. All of us use or collect data during some portion of our jobs and each of us has a responsibility to carefully manage data assets. Unfortunately, for many of us, data management was not part of our formal training and education and we are learning on the job. Luckily, you are not alone. A cross-program group is working to ensure we all have the support and tools necessary to meet the demands of good data management.

The Midwest Region Data Resource Team consists ofrepresentatives from each program who are enthusiastic about the opportunities to improve data management across the Service. Together, they are promoting a culture that values our data as strategic assets for our conservation mission, facilitating communication with the National Data Management Initiative and identifying areas of cooperation among programs. Near term activities include sharing best practices, recognizing our successes, incorporating data management into planning for new projects and documenting the benefits and return on investment resulting from good data management practices.

The Midwest Region Data Resource Team is not an exclusive club; in fact, it is the opposite. You are needed and can get involved by joining a working group. Groups are forming to document and explain current data standards, create a standard of practice for data management in new projects and develop data management packets for new employees.

We all have responsibilities for incorporating data management principles into our work and for supporting each other. Contributing to the work of the Midwest Region Data Resource Team is one way your highly valuable knowledge and experiences can be shared in order to help us all do our jobs even better.

For more information and to join these efforts, contact a Midwest Region Data Resource Team representative:

Andrew Allstadt
National Wildlife Refuge System, Team Lead,
National Resource Data Manager
andrew_allstadt@fws.gov
612-713-5166

Erica Mize
Fish and Aquatic Conservation, National Representative,
Geneticist
erica_mize@fws.gov
608-783-8449

Loyd Mitchell
Midwest Region Information Technology Management Division,
Chief Technology Officer
loyd_mitchell@fws.gov
612-713-5135

Katie Koch
Migratory Birds,
Migratory Bird Biologist
katie_koch@fws.gov
906-226-1249

Erik Olson
Ecological Services,
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
erik_olson@fws.gov
612-713-5488

Brad Potter
Science Applications,
Coordinator
bradly_potter@fws.gov
517-351-4213

Mary Balogh
National Wildlife Refuge System, Midwest Regional Geographic Information System Coordinator
mary_balogh@fws.gov
612-713-5490

Kyle Daly
Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration,
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
kyle_daly@fws.gov
612-713-5135

Craig Czarnecki
Science Applications, Assistant Regional Director, Team Sponsor
craig_czarnecki@fws.gov
517-351-8470

Andrew Allstadt
National Wildlife Refuge System, Team Lead,
National Resource Data Manager
andrew_allstadt@fws.gov
612-713-5166

Erica Mize
Fish and Aquatic Conservation, National Representative,
Geneticist
erica_mize@fws.gov
608-783-8449

Loyd Mitchell
Midwest Region Information Technology Management Division,
Chief Technology Officer
loyd_mitchell@fws.gov
612-713-5135

Katie Koch
Migratory Birds,
Migratory Bird Biologist
katie_koch@fws.gov
906-226-1249

Erik Olson
Ecological Services,
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
erik_olson@fws.gov
612-713-5488

Brad Potter
Science Applications,
Coordinator
bradly_potter@fws.gov
517-351-4213

Mary Balogh
National Wildlife Refuge System, Midwest Regional Geographic Information System Coordinator
mary_balogh@fws.gov
612-713-5490

Kyle Daly
Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration,
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
kyle_daly@fws.gov
612-713-5135

Craig Czarnecki
Science Applications, Assistant Regional Director, Team Sponsor
craig_czarnecki@fws.gov
517-351-8470

By Erica Mize
Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Brad Potter
Science Applications

and

Katie Koch
Migratory Birds

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff take a Data Science Training Workshop at the National Conservation Training Center. Photo by USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff take a Data Science Training Workshop at the National Conservation Training Center. Photo by USFWS.

 

Last updated: June 8, 2020