IEDA is a community-driven facility, dedicated to developing and operating its data services based on an open and responsive dialog with its user communities to best understand and address their practices, needs, and concerns, and in close partnership with geoinformatics and broader cyberinfrastructure efforts to ensure complimentarity and compatibility of its services, and maximize their impact and efficiency of operations.

IEDA works with a broad community of data users, data providers, data management and informatics professionals, and funding agencies through its governance structure, partnerships, and outreach activities that range from serving on advisory committees to organizing and participating in short courses and workshops to regular newsletters.