The Information Science (IS) Branch at the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) provides data capture, analysis, management, and distribution support to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission areas, Department of the Interior bureaus, and other Federal agencies. This support allows science center partners to implement an integrated information environment that supports both scientific research and natural resource decisionmaking.
The science center established the Information Science Branch to focus on improving the flow of information across many programs and disciplines. Products include designs of information management and delivery systems, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing applications, Web applications, decision-support systems, and integrated access to distributed databases. Building these products requires a highly specialized team of talented information technology experts, including software developers, systems specialists, spatial analysts, modelers, Agile1 project managers, content managers, communication specialists, and data stewards.This highly specialized team provides complete information technology solutions allowing stakeholders to find, obtain, and use USGS information in ways that are meaningful and precise. The development, implementation, and support of innovative technology and tools improve natural resource management and discovery. By promoting and ensuring effective stewardship of USGS information assets and implementing a wide range of geospatial tools for research, analysis, and modeling of spatial data and associated information; the IS Branch plays a fundamental role in data support and preservation.
Projects are the organizing principle behind USGS science. Publications, datasets, information articles, and web portals only happen because they are sponsored by a project. And these project can succeed only if they have tools to track and control the progress of the many factors necessary to complete the effort.
The Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) works with Climate Science Centers (CSCs), Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), and USGS Science Centers to design, implement, and support project lifecycle tools. These tools help managers and Principle Investigators (PIs) work with project records, metadata, and products stored in ScienceBase, from the initial record creation to eventual display on a public website. This work allows users to find all products associated...