The USGS is a model of excellence for data sharing. Over the years I have had to try and find useful data from all over the world and there is no other agency from which it is as easy to find all relevant data, supporting data, metadata, metadata descriptions, and authoritative references for the standards and procedures for how the data are produced. This overview of current USGS policies and practices for organizing and sharing data in a meaningful context in ScienceBase provides insight into contemporary best practices for data sharing.

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