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7/2/19, DevOps Community of Practice - User-centric digital services at 18F

Peter Burkholder, a senior innovation specialist from 18F, was the guest presenter. 18F builds effective, user-centric digital services focused on the interaction between government and the people and businesses it serves. Peter is a DevOps engineer who has worked to develop and implement devops practices at 18F.  He is also a geophysicist who previously worked at IRIS PASSCAL. His presentation covered best practices and technical implementation of automated infrastructure, resilient cloud operations, and continuous delivery pipelines.

Peter’s favorite 18F tools include

7/8/19, Data Management Working Group - Data management position descriptions and staffing

Viv Hutchison and Madison Langseth led a discussion that included a brief overview of the CDI DMWG session at the in-person meeting in June, data manager position descriptions for USGS, and contributed slides from working group members about data management staffing at their USGS science centers. In response to the poll question “If you consider yourself to be a data manager for your center, what is your current position description title?,” there were 19 different responses!

See slides and recording at the DMWG July meeting wiki page.

7/11 Tech Stack Working Group - ADIwg Open Source Metadata Toolkit

Josh Bradley and Dennis Walworth presented on the Open Source Metadata Toolkit, which was supported by the CDI from 2014-2015 (see project page on ScienceBase) and is still going strong!

The CDI Tech Stack group meets jointly with the ESIP IT&I group - access the slides and recording at the ESIP Tech Dive page.

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7/16 Fire Science CoP - LANDFIRE remap and Wildfire remobilization of historical mining waste

Topics at the July meeting of the Fire Science Community of Practice (one of CDI’s newest collaboration areas). Mark Miller provided a short community update presentation. Josh Picotte gave a science talk describing the LANDFIRE remap effort that is currently underway. LF Remap is designed to produce vegetation and fuels data that inform wildland fire and ecological decision support systems. Sheila Murphy gave a second talk called "Arsenic and old mines - Wildfire remobilizes historical mining waste." Other relevant files from July are included on the meeting page, such as a Menlo Park lecture on USGS Fire Science that was given by Paul Steblein earlier in the month. 

This month’s Fire Science CoP summary was provided by Mark Miller. See slides and other materials at the July 16 Fire Science Community of Practice Meeting page.


7/18/19 and 7/19/19 Risk CoP - Live from Golden: FY19 Risk Projects and Stakeholder Engagement Panel

The Risk Community of Practice July meeting was "live" from the first Risk CoP meeting in Golden, CO. On July 18, 2019, after some brief announcements, the group heard short presentations from the PIs of the FY19 Risk CoP funded projects:

  • Quantifying Rock Fall Hazard and Risk to Roadways in National Parks: Yosemite National Park Pilot Project - Brian Collins, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
  • Re-visiting Bsal risk: how 3 years of pathogen surveillance, research, and regulatory action change our understanding of invasion risk of the exotic amphibian pathogen Batrochochytrium salamandrivorans - Dan Grear, National Wildlife Health Center
  • The State of Our Coasts: Coastal Change Hazards Stakeholder Engagement & User Need Assessment - Emily Himmelstoss, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Assessing the Risk of Global Copper Supply Disruption from Earthquakes - Kishor Jaiswal, Geologic Hazards Science Center & Nedal Nasser, National Minerals Information Center
  • Communications of risk - uranium in groundwater in northeastern Washington state - Sue Kahle, Washington Water Science Center
  • Cascading communication: exploring how scientific research affects policy and earthquake preparedness communication in areas of induced seismicity - Sara McBride, Earthquake Science Center
  • Ecological Forecasts for Risk Management - Alyssa Rosemartin, National Phenology Network
  • Hazard Exposure Analyst Tool (HEAT) - Jason Sherba, Western Geographic Science Center

Title slide from Jaiswal, Nassar, et al. Risk project - Assessing the risk of global copper supply disruption from earthquakes.

Special Session: Stakeholder engagement panel & discussion 

Stakeholder engagement is an important piece of the USGS Risk Plan. But what does it mean to engage with stakeholders? What does co-production mean? What tools are used for engaging stakeholders and over what timelines during the course of a project? What types of challenges arise during stakeholder engagement? What are some of the surprising considerations to keep in mind while working with stakeholders? 

This special session was live from the Risk CoP meeting in Golden, CO and featured a panel discussion on stakeholder engagement. Panelists answered the following questions: 1) What does stakeholder engagement mean to you? What does co-production mean to you? 2) When, during the course of a project, do you engage your stakeholders? 3) Describe three tools you use for engaging stakeholders? 4) Can you give an example of a challenge you have faced in doing stakeholder engagement and how you overcame these challenges? (Paperwork Reduction Act, protected information, confidentiality issues) 5) What are some surprising considerations to keep in mind when doing stakeholder engagement? (e.g., inclusivity, ethics, manner of approach). 


  • Amanda Cravens, USGS Science and Economic Analysis Branch
  • Alice Pennaz, Natural Hazards Mission Area
  • Rudy Schuster, USGS Science and Economic Analysis Branch
  • Anne Wein, USGS Western Geographic Science Center

This month’s Risk CoP summary was provided by Kris Ludwig.

Recordings are available on the Risk CoP meetings page (log in required).

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