National Park Service

Southern Plains Network (SOPN)

Data Management

Horned lizard at Fort Union NM
Horned lizard at Fort Union NM

The collection of data from natural resource science activities is the first step to understanding the ecosystem within and around park boundaries. With this data, park managers are able to make informed decisions about the natural resources in the park for National Park Service planning, management and decision making.

To preserve the integrity, utility, security and availability of data for the long-term, the Southern Plains Network actively manages data and information. Detailed procedures regarding management of data and information may be found in the network data management plan.

To facilitate scientific exploration and research, all non-sensitive data is available to the public for use and analysis. There are a couple of on-line ways to obtain data:

Tabular and spatial data is available on the Natural Resource GIS Metadata and Data Store. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, including metadata, is continually being uploaded to the site.

A number of digital documents, such as protocols, are also available for download from the Reports and Publications page.

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