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David Govoni

Physical Scientist

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I joined the USGS in 1990 following several years teaching and working at the Smithsonian Institution, in the private sector, and at the U.S. Department of Energy.  

Here at the USGS, I initially served in a variety of capacities designing and managing websites and web-enabled database applications, including the Geographic Names information System. I continue to engage in various activities and special projects relating to the general topics of information architecture and design, information discovery and delivery, and general knowledge management.  These include strategic planning, policy development, website and application design and usability evaluation, database design, systems modeling, and technology assessment (with special emphasis on the application of social collaboration tools to support virtual research communities).

I have taken an active role in several USGS, inter-agency, and other external communities and teams including most recently those of USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI).  As an active member of CDI Data Management, Semantic Web, and Citizen Science Working Groups, the USGS Thesaurus Team, the Geological Society of America’s Geoinformatics Division, and as a participant in the National Geoinformatics Community, I contribute to the delineation and creation of a framework of best practices, tools, services, and repositories for managing and making available data, information, and knowledge resources for the Earth System Science community.



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Selected Publications

Faundeen, J.L., Burley, T.E., Carlino, J.A., Govoni, D.L., Henkel, H.S., Holl, S.L., Hutchison, V.B., Martín, Elizabeth, Montgomery, E.T., Ladino, C.C., Tessler, Steven, and Zolly, L.S., 2013
The United States Geological Survey Science Data Lifecycle Model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1265, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20131265.

Hines, M., Benson, A., Govoni, D., Masaki, D., Poore, B., Simpson, A., and Tessler, S., 2013
Partnering for Science; Proceedings of the USGS Workshop on Citizen Science: U.S. Geological Survey Open­File Report 2013–1234, 51 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1234/.

Gibson, T.G., Bybell, L.M., and Govoni, D.L., 1991
Paleocene and Eocene strata of the central Atlantic Coastal Plain, in Paleocene-Eocene boundary sedimentation in the Potomac River valley, Virginia and Maryland. (T.G. Gibson, leader and others).  IGCP Project 308, October 31, 1991, p. 1-13.

Govoni, D.L., 1983
Gastropod molluscs from the Brightseat Formation (Paleocene: Danian) of Maryland.  Unpublished MS Thesis, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., p. 1-270, 15 pls.

Govoni, D.L., 1984
Coal-based synfuels: down but not out.  Coal Review, McGraw-Hill/Data Resources Coal Service, Spring, p. 47-51.

Govoni, D.L., 1985
Setting the stage for a long-term Western Gulf Coast lignite supply model.  Coal Review, McGraw-Hill/Data Resources Coal Service, Spring, p. 65-74.

Govoni, D.L., Rankin, L., and Dean, J., 1986
Colombian coal: the Latin-American coal giant awakens.  Coal Review, McGraw-Hill/Data Resources Coal Service, Spring, p. 49-55.

Govoni, D.L., 1986
Regional focus: Mid-Atlantic coal demand region.  Coal Review, McGraw-Hill/Data Resources Coal Service, Summer, p. 9-20.

Govoni, D.L., 1986
Regional focus: North Appalachia coal supply region.  Coal Review, McGraw-Hill/Data Resources Coal Service, Summer, p. 109-120.

Govoni, D.L., 1991
Composition and biogeographic significance of the gastropod mollusk fauna of the Brightseat Formation (Paleocene: Danian) of Maryland, in Paleocene-Eocene boundary sedimentation in the Potomac River valley, Virginia and Maryland. (T.G. Gibson, leader and others).  IGCP Project 308, October 31, 1991, p. 63-83.

Govoni, D.L., 1998
World Wide Web expedites access to USGS mapping data, in U.S. Geological Survey, 1998, Making a world of difference: recent USGS contributions to the Nation. (G.S. Farris, editor), p. 26-27.  U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.

Selected Abstracts and Presentations

Bybell, L.M., and Govoni, D.L., 1977
Preliminary calcareous nannofossil zonation of the Brightseat and Aquia Formations (Paleocene) of Maryland and Virginia - stratigraphic implications (Abstract).  American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, vol. 61, no. 5., p. 773-774.

Govoni, D.L., 1995
U.S. Geological Survey data resources and the Internet -- a marriage made in cyberspace (Abstract).  Final Program, 2nd Annual Geographic Technology in Government Conference, Sept. 5-8, 1995, Reston, Virginia, p. 15.

Govoni, D.L., 1995
U.S. Geological Survey data resources and the Internet -- a marriage made in cyberspace (Abstract).  10th Annual Northeast ARC Users Group Conference, Nov. 6-8, 1995, Newport, Rhode Island.  Addendum.

Govoni, D.L., 1996
U.S. Geological Survey earth science information in the electronic information age.  Proceedings of the 5th Annual Federal Depository Library Conference, April 15-18, 1996, Arlington, Virginia, p. 78-80.

Govoni, D.L., 1996
U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse and its role in serving Earth Science information in the electronic information age.  USGS 8th National Computer Technology Meeting, May 19-24, 1996, Rancho Mirage, California, p. 78-80.

Govoni, D.L., 1997
Imagery and more: U.S. Geological Survey data and information resources.  2nd International Conference on Practical Satellite Imagery Projects for News Media and NGOs, Mar. 4, 1997,  American University, Washington, D.C.

Govoni, D.L., 1997
Designing an accessible web.  USGS Internet Workshop: 1997 Internet Services Technical Exchange Meeting, May 13-15, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Govoni, D.L., 1997
GNIS: Geographic Names Information System.  USGS Internet Workshop: 1997 Internet Services Technical Exchange Meeting, May 13-15, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Govoni, D.L., 1997
National Mapping Division electronic publishing policy.  USGS Internet Workshop: 1997 Internet Services Technical Exchange Meeting, May 13-15, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Govoni, D.L., 1997
National Mapping Division Web Services Advisory Group, USGS Internet Workshop: 1997 Internet Services Technical Exchange Meeting, May 13-15, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Govoni, D.L., 1997
USGS State InfoNet -- project overview, USGS Internet Workshop: 1997 Internet Services Technical Exchange Meeting, May 13-15, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Govoni, D.L., 1998
Designing an accessible Web: Challenges, tools, and techniques.  Workshop.  6th Open Conference Addressing the Employment of People with Disabilities, October 21-22, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.

Govoni, D.L., 2000
Designing an accessible Web: Challenges, tools, and techniques.  USGS Information Technology Exchange Meeting 2000, June 26-30, Chicago, Illinois.

Govoni, D.L., 2001
Gateway to the Earth: an integrated approach to USGS information delivery, in U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001, Proceedings of the 9th Annual Federal Depository Library Conference.  (M.W. MacGilvray, editor).  October 22-25, 2000, Arlington, Virginia, p. 46-49.

Govoni, D.L., 2001
Gateway to the Earth 101: USGS Libraries: Connecting resources for integrated science: USGS Library Consortium, August 7-9, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.

Govoni, D.L. and T.M. Gunther, 2006
Scientific Information Management at the U.S. Geological Survey: Issues, challenges, and a collaborative approach to identifying and applying solutions (Abstract).  Geoinformatics 2006—Abstracts.  Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5201, p. 19-20.  U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.  [presentation]

Govoni, D.L., Zanter, K.M., and Faundeen, J.L., 1997
Role of the Internet World Wide Web in the dissemination of USGS geospatial data and information.  Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 1997 Annual Conference Proceedings, July 19-23, 1997, p. 1-5, CD-ROM, Paper 243.pdf.  Toronto, Canada.

Hirsch, A., and Govoni, D.L., 1973
Food supply: Limiting factor of foraminiferal populations (Abstract).  American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, vol. 54, no. 4. p. 784.

Lanfear, K.J., and Govoni, D.L., 1996
The U.S. Geological Survey node of the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse.  American Water Resources Association, 32nd Annual Conference and Symposium on GIS and Water Resources, Sept. 22-26, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ryan, B.J. and Govoni, D.L., 2001
USGS Gateway to the Earth - transforming our understanding of the environment, (Abstract).  International Society for Digital Earth, Second International Symposium on Digital Earth, June 24-28, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Data Integration & Interoperability

Personal Interests

Paleontological research, birdwatching, kayaking, citizen science, wildlife photography, international travel, English country dance. Co-founder and Web Site Administrator of The Leesburg Assembly, an English country dance community centered in Northern Virginia.

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David Govoni
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20192-0002
703-648-5565
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