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Data Management

Data management refers to the collection, storage, retrieval, and analysis of information throughout an organization’s entire lifecycle. Data management practices and procedures empower leaders to make timely, informed decisions to further conservation.

A 2013 Executive Order made open and machine readable the new default for government information. Machine readable data formats makes it easier for data management systems across government to communicate and share data more effectively.

  • A brownish-yellow salamander sanding on a mossy rock with large round eyes.

    At-Risk Species Finder

    The At-Risk Species Finder (Finder) is an online tool that allows U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) biologists and private citizens to track the Service’s progress on at-risk species conservation. The Finder allows users to create custom database queries based on a number of attributes including state range, current status, taxonomic group, lead Service office, and lead geographic region. Learn more about the Service’s approach to conserving at-risk species. Results from a query of the At-Risk Species Finder for species who’s petition has been withdrawn. Learn more...

    The Pigeon Mountain salamander is no longer at-risk of needing federal protection. Photo by John P. Clare, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

  • A screen shot of an interactive map showing areas of high priority across the south Atlantic coast.

    Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA)

    A Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a science-based mapping platform where conservation managers and LCC members can go to view, retrieve, and perform analyses on spatial information with specific conservation goals in mind. Learn more...

    A screen capture of the South Atlantic LCC Conservation Planning Atlas Blueprint Simple viewer.

  • A screen capture of the homepage for data.gov encourages users to enter a search term or browse by category.

    Data.gov

    Data.gov is the home of the U.S. Government’s open data where you will find tools and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more. Several Service data management systems including the Service Catalog are designed to automatically publish publicly available datasets to data.gov including conservation plans, geospatial datasets, and more. A 2013 Executive Order made open and machine readable the new default for government information. Learn more...

    The homepage of data.gov allows users to search by keyword or browse by category.

  • A screenshot from the Bald eagle species profile on ECOS showing an image and a description of the species.

    Environmental Conservation Online System (ECOS)

    ECOS is a gateway web site that provides access to data systems in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and other government data sources. This central point of access assists Service personnel in managing data and information, and it provides public access to information from numerous Service databases. ECOS produces a variety of reports related to the List of Threatened and Endangered Species. Some popular reports include: All Threatened and Endangered Animals All Threatened and Endangered Plants Critical Habitat Report Delisted Species Listed Species Summary Reclassified Species ECOS is home to several other conservation tools including GeoFIN and IPaC. Learn more...

    A screenshot from the Bald eagle species profile on ECOS.

  • A screencapture showing locations of barrier removals across the country.

    Geospatial Fisheries Information Network (GeoFIN)

    The GeoFIN mapper is an interactive mapping tool that allows you to view barriers to fish passage across the U.S. as well as model their removal in your watershed. It also generates profiles and reports for a given geographic area and can search the USFWS fish passage barrier database. Learn more...

    Each fish icon on the GeoFIN mapper represents a barrier removed from a stream across the country.

  • A map with a polygon drawn to designate an area of interest for development.

    Information for Planning and Consultation (IPAC)

    IPaC is a project planning tool which streamlines the environmental review process by providing information on the location of listed species and other USFWS trust resources which could potentially be affected by a project. Initial Project Scoping IPaC can assist in identifying threatened or endangered species, critical habitat, migratory birds, or other natural resources that may be impacted by a project, based on a project area as defined by the user. Learn more...

    IPaC allows users to draw a polygon around an area of interest to retrieve a list of threatened and endangered species.

  • A webpage describing a project to measure shortnose sturgeon success in the Savannah River.

    ScienceBase

    ScienceBase by the U.S. Geological Survey is an open source platform that supports sharing of scientific data, publications, and project tracking. Learn more...

    ScienceBase is an online database of government data, reports, and projects.

  • Service Catalog (ServCat)

    The Service Catalog or ServCat is a Web application available to Fish and Wildlife Service employees that compiles documents and organizes data, such as reports, surveys, databases, geospatial data and images. Learn more...

  • A map of the continental USA showing projects funded by the USFWS.

    Tracking and Reporting on Actions for Conservation of Species (TRACS)

    Wildlife TRACS is the tracking and reporting system for conservation and related actions funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. There are three ways to search the actions funded: Dashboard, Project Map, or Search by State. Learn more...

    An map of projects entered into TRACS from the website.

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