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Another month and another group of topics - stay informed!

Metadata Reviewers, 11/5/2018 - Guidelines for metadata review

The group, led by Tamar Norkin, had a discussion on the Guidelines for Metadata Review. They discussed ways to improve the usability of the document as an actual checklist, and what information would be good to include, such as “tips and tricks” for metadata reviewers. Looks like a great resource for anyone who is called upon to review metadata!

See more notes on their meetings page.

DevOps 11/6/2018 -

In addition to regular updates on the USGS Git Hosting Platform and the USGS Software Management website, in November the DevOps group heard about recent activities from Shums Hoda and Martin Folkoff of Booz Allen Hamilton. is a gateway to discover America's Outdoors and more, a place for trip planning, information sharing and reservations with information from 12 federal Participating Partners.

The website is at  API documentation of the RESTful services for the Recreation Information Database are at Other topics covered included microservices and domain driven design, and high level architecture.

What's the tech behind reserving your campsites at

Tech Stack 11/8/2018 - Intake

Martin Durant (Anaconda) presented on "Intake: Lightweight tools for loading and sharing data in data science projects"

Intake has a nice tag line: “Taking the pain out of data access and distribution”

Intake is a set of free open-source Python tools that help load data from a variety of formats into familiar containers like Pandas dataframes, Xarray datasets, and more. Boilerplate data loading code can be transformed into reusable Intake plugins. Datasets can be described for easy reuse and sharing using Intake catalog files. Martin will gave an overview of Intake and demonstrated use via Jupyter Notebooks. You can check out the video here.

eDNA, 11/13/2018

Austen Thomas presented data on a backpack-style eDNA acquisition device, including aspects of flow regulation and filter pore size. Austen also presented data on the performance of a field test for specific targets relative to conventional laboratory approaches. A paper describing some of these results is available here:

Thomas, A. C., Howard, J., Nguyen, P. L., Seimon, T. A., & Goldberg, C. S. (2018). ANDe™: A fully integrated environmental DNA sampling system. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, v. 9(6), 1379-1385.   

Semantic Web, 11/15/2018

The group had a discussion about what's happening with the FAIR Principles (here is just one explanatory website about FAIR), the CDI Proposal Process, the CDI 2019 Workshop (June 4-7, 2019 in Boulder, CO).


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