Data and Tools

Overview

Our data and tools are the digital information in a format suitable for direct input to software that can analyze its meaning in the scientific, engineering, or business context for which the data were collected.

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Data and Tools Topics

Explore by topic and find our data and tools are the digital information in a format suitable for direct input to software that can analyze its meaning in the scientific, engineering, or business context for which the data were collected.

Latest Earthquakes Interface

Real-time Data

Explore all real-time data and information that our scientists produce. Streamflow, flood, drought, earthquake, volcano, landslide, landsat, and geomagnetism sta can be accessed as well as additional water and hazard scientific information.

Flooded Pier at Assawoman Bay, MD

APIs

API stands for Application Programming Interface and provides a developer with programmatic access to a proprietary software application. An API is software that makes it possible for application programs to interact with each other and share data.

Hurricane Sandy data map

Science Data Catalog

The USGS Science Data Catalog provides seamless access to USGS research and monitoring data from across the nation. Users have the ability to search, browse, or use a map-based interface to discover data.

Photo of LIDE scientists collecting an air sample for pathogen testing

Science Datasets

The data collected and the techniques used by USGS scientists should conform to or reference national and international standards and protocols if they exist and when they are relevant and appropriate. For datasets of a given type, and if national or international metadata standards exist, the data are indexed with metadata that facilitates access and integration.

USGS scientists collecting a water sample from a well at the USGS Bemidji Research Site

Data Management

Good data management enables the location, sharing, and reuse of data, and reduces the redundancy of data. These attributes of good data management reduce costs in terms of time and money.

GIS and Custom Application Support for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

GIS Data

USGS is a primary source of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data. Our data and information is presented in a spatially and geographically including The National Map, Earth Explorer, GloVIS, LandsatLook, and much more.

Collecting Water Data Using a Pressure Gage, Armenia

Data Management Tools

Good data management enables the location, sharing, and reuse of data, and reduces the redundancy of data. These attributes of good data management reduce costs in terms of time and money. Data management tools and best practices can also help to meet the open data requirements of making data more accessible and discoverable.

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