Data Stewardship/State Of The Art/Data Stewardship Principles
Statement of data stewardship principles and recommended practices
Data Stewardship Committee
Tags/Keywords: Data Stewardship,
Stakeholders: ESIP Data Stewardship Committee, Data Centers, Data Publishers, Data Users
The ESIP Federation has the following common strategic goals [ESIP Federation Strategic Plan (2009-2013), January 30, 2009]:
- Increase the use and value of Earth science data and information.
- Act as a facilitating, coordinating and advisory community-led organization to promote the use of Earth science data and information products for the members and the communities they support.
- Continue to evolve the ESIP Federation (e.g., governance, structure, staffing) to strengthen the ties between Observations, Research and Applications.
- Promote techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information and applications.
A sub-goal of Goal 1 above is to "Reduce barriers between data providers and data users through IT, training, and standards education." A sub-goal of Goal 2 above is to "Promote use of technical standards and best practices for data management, stewardship and application development." This activity is organized to articulate data stewardship principles and recommend practices to support these two sub-goals of the ESIP Federation.
The members of the ESIP Federation need a common understanding of the principles under which they share their data as openly as possible consistent with their organizational constraints. These principles need to be broadly shared with the community to demonstrate the open nature of the Federation.
State of the Art in Addressing the Problem
A document Statement of data stewardship principles and recommended practices describes the current recommendations. This document was approved by the ESIP Federation joint assembly in January, 2012.