Data Stewardship

“The ultimate products of the Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP) will be two-fold: a more functional river, and the information we gather about it. To provide either of these, TRRP needs data use and management to be clear and efficient. ” – TRRP Data Management and Utility Plan

TRRP data stewardship enables both solid data management practices and the effective use of data throughout our partnership. Data include both numerical data sets and other information sources such as documents and photographs.  Data stewardship encompasses this information throughout the data life cycle to ensure that data are developed appropriately, accessible for efficient use, properly analyzed, and maintained or archived with sufficient documentation to enable future use.  Thus data stewardship improves the efficiency and rigor of data use both short-term and long-term, providing a solid foundation for Adaptive Management.

dataandadaptivemanagement_600 Data Life Cycle, driven by the Adaptive Management Cycle. The cycle of Adaptive Management identifies specific data needs, which set the Data Life Cycle in motion. This produces a product, the Data Package, which is then analyzed and applied back to Adaptive Management.

Data Stewardship operates both at the programmatic level in TRRP, and within individual partner agencies. Resources at the programmatic-level in TRRP include:

Data Management and Utility Plan: The data plan, completed in 2012, clarifies structure for data stewardship, and procedures by which data will flow among the agencies and staff involved in the TRRP. The plan includes establishing an information repository, to include the Online Data Portal. The data plan was developed by the Data Team, an inter-agency work group that was tasked with ensuring efficient use of data across agencies.

Integrated Assessment Plan (IAP): The IAP, completed in 2009, provides structure for planning of science and monitoring projects with linkages between hypotheses, assessments, and projects that collect data.  (Data Life Cycle step: Plan)

Work Planning Process: This is an evolving process for “investigation plan” proposals, review, and budget development.  (Data Life Cycle step: Plan)

Investigation Plan and Data Collection Database: Although just being developed, this will provide a tracking system for TRRP investigations while simultaneously capturing details of data collection that will foster collaboration between investigations and maximize data use efficiency. (Data Life Cycle steps: Plan, Acquire)

Data Inventory: The Data Inventory page lists finalized datasets in use by TRRP with links to metadata and, when possible, data downloads.  (Data Life Cycle step: Access)

Online Data Portal: The ODP subsite is being developed (1) to act as the repository for TRRP products including datasets, reports, and other documents; (2) provide accessibility to those products across the TRRP partnership; and (3) enable public access to TRRP information.  The portal consists of several structured databases and a flexible electronic-file library.  Time-series data such as recommended flow hydrographs may be viewed directly on the site.  A web map component is being developed for efficient access to geospatial information.  (Data Life Cycle steps: Maintain, Access, Archive)

Although the ‘evaluate’ step in the Data Life Cycle appears under represented here, it permeates Adaptive Management and TRRP activities from reporting on investigations, to planning restoration actions.