Oregon Data Management


The BLM recognizes that its data and the processed information derived from them are a very significant and valuable resource. Data collected in the course of doing business in all organizational units of the BLM are owned by the BLM. These data represent information assets of the BLM and are critical to its ability to achieve successful implementation of the strategies outlined in the Annual Work Plans. The BLM will protect its investment in data and its derived applications to ensure that they are efficiently managed and accessible in useful forms.

The mission of the Data Resource Management program is to manage the BLM corporate data and Oregon and Washington’s State standardized data as valuable assets that will enable the BLM to carry out its mission in Oregon and Washington.

Data Standards

Data standards describe what the data set represents and the attributing scheme for the data. In addition, data standards provide information about how the data relates to other data sets, the geographic relationships (topology), provides information about how the data is published and edited. Data standards represent the road map for data collection and maintenance describing how the data is intended to be captured.

Data Domains

Domains identify those values that are permissible in a data attribute that uses codes or standard words to represent the value of that item for an occurrence of data. While domains are described and listed in data standards and metadata, they are somewhat dynamic and can be difficult to keep updated in those documents. Data standards list the valid values in place at the time the data standard was issued but changes to domains are not reflected in those documents. Metadata also lists domains and for those that are small lists, do not change often, and are limited in use to one data set the metadata is kept current. Large domains or those that are used in multiple data sets are difficult to keep current in metadata so those domains are posted here.

Data Stewards

The State Data Stewards are responsible for approving data standards and business rules, developing Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures, identifying potential privacy issues, and ensuring that data is managed as a corporate resource, coordinates with field office data stewards, the state data administrator, Geographic Information System (GIS) coordinators, and national data stewards.

Data Stewards and Technical Leads List

Technical Leads

The Technical Lead works with data stewards to convert business needs into applications and derive data requirements and participates in the development of data standards, coordinates with system administrators and GIS coordinators to manage the GIS databases, works with data editors to make sure data is being input into the enterprise Spatial Database Engine (SDE) database consistently and in accordance with the established data standard, provides technical assistance and advice on GIS analysis, query and display of the dataset.

Data Stewards and Technical Leads List

State Administrators

The State Data Administrator provides information management leadership, data modeling expertise and custodianship of the state data models. The State Data Administrator ensures that defined processes for development of data standards and metadata are followed, and that they are consistent and complete. The State Data Administrator is responsible for making data standards and metadata accessible to all users. The State Data Administrator also coordinates with data stewards and GIS coordinators to respond to national spatial data requests.

Eric Hiebenthal
State Data Administrator

The State Records Administrator assists the State Data Steward to identify any privacy issues related to spatial data. The State Records Administrator provides direction and guidance on data release and fees, and ensures that data has been classified under the proper records retention schedule to determine the appropriate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) category.

Katherine Wentworth
State Records Administrator