Blog from December, 2016

The December 14, 2016 CDI Monthly Meeting featured App Challenges, Web visualization of Hazards Data, and an update on the inventorying and publishing of USGS Data at Risk.

All presentations, recordings, and discussion can be found on the CDI Monthly Meeting 20161214 page.

Help kick off the Mobile App for Field Data Collection Challenge

Ian Ferguson of the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) gave the Scientist's Challenge on the upcoming BOR-USGS Mobile App Framework for Water and Environmental Field Data Collection CHALLENGE.

If you collect water or environmental data in the field, then you are the target user who may benefit from the challenge and final product.

Read more at the Scientist's Challenge Forum Post.

Link to Reclamation DataApp page

Add your input for what you need in a data collection app and sign up for updates at the questionnaire:

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CDI FY15 project: Web-enabled Visualization and Access for Value-Added Disaster Products, Brenda Jones, USGS

Brenda Jones gave a demo and overview of new capabilities in the Hazards Data Distribution System Explorer as a result of CDI funding.

SPOT 6 imagery is available and helps in hazards response events like these fires near Knoxville, TN, in 2016.  


Preserving the USGS Legacy: Inventorying and Publishing Data at Risk, Lance Everette, USGS, and John Faundeen, USGS

Lance Everette gave an overview of the inventorying and preservation of USGS Data at Risk. This work was supported by CDI funds. 

The Legacy data inventory reporting system (LDIRS) is available at can view legacy products and preservation tools, evaluations and reports.

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In December we had three CDI Working Groups hold calls on one day - read the latest below. 


On December 8, 2016, you could have attended a CDI Working Group marathon (triathlon?) with Connected Devices, Semantic Web, and Tech Stack Working Groups holding their calls one after another.

Connected Devices WG

From the CDWG Meeting Notes page:

  1. Chad Fanguy from from the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center discussed the just-approved Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Mobile Data Collector (See "NAS Sighting" at Mobile App List).
  2. Discussion on the Department of the Interior's just released Department Mobile Privacy Policy.
  3. Some CDI members suggested we rethink and consolidate the several Mobile App Development Checklists we are working from in light of this Department Policy and the new USGS Software Release Instructional Memo.

Also, the CDI Wiki page Mobile Applications at US Gological Survey was updated. See more info on

  • iPlover
  • CO2Calc
  • ScienceCache
  • NAS Sighting


Semantic Web WG

From the SWWG Meetings page:

ITIS, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System, provides a web interface and web services for a database of authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. How do they handle vocabulary governance? David Mitchell of USGS and the Smithsonian Institution gave a presentation and discussion.

Services and features discussed at the meeting:

A slide from David's talk.

Tech Stack WG

The recording from Sam Matthews' (Mapbox) talk on Vector Tile Maps is posted on the Tech Dive Webinar Series page.


Data Management WG

The Data Management WG held a follow-up to the October CDI Monthly Meeting topic of Open Source Metadata Tools: Standards, Translator, Editor. 

Josh Bradley of the US Fish and Wildlife Service gave a more in-depth demo of the tools on Dec. 12.

Recording, Slides, and Notes are on the DMWG Meeting page.


New Focus Groups and Communities of Practice on the Horizon

Keep your eye out for additional information on these developing groups or email for immediate questions:

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