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Usability Resource Reviews Posted - Quick reads on usability

Want to know more about When to do usability testing, How to include usability effectively, and How to foster a user-centered approach in a project?  The January Usability collaboration area resource reviews address these topics. Sophie Hou Hou, Chung Yi (Contractor) will be posting resource reviews every-other month in order to help us build up our usability knowledge. Check out the usability resource reviews on our wiki here.

Sharing ownership of UX, from https://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2007/05/sharing-ownership-of-ux.php

1/6 Metadata Reviewers CoP - USGS Digital Object Identifier Tool

Lisa Zolly, Zolly, Lisa  presented on "What's new with the DOI Tool?"

The USGS DOI tool allows USGS personnel to assign globally unique, persistent, and resolvable identifiers, registered with DataCite, to USGS-funded data products. Recent improvements to the tool address usability issues and compatibility with external systems such as CrossRef DOIs for related publications, DataCite, and ORCiD researcher IDs. DOI Tool FAQs link.

Find the slides, which clearly lay out the changes and the reasons for the changes, on the Metadata Reviewers Community of Practice meeting page.


The USGS DOI Tool allows for different levels of versioning of data releases.

1/7 DevOps - Serverless Platforms for improved data quality and more efficient data intake and validation - a PAD-US Pilot

Mike Giddens from Xentity presented "A Serverless Platform for Protected Areas of the U.S." He described a pilot project to explore a possible next generation of the PAD-US (Protected Areas of the U.S.) application in a "completely serverless architecture." The revised framework aims to allow for more efficient intake and validation of data, improved data quality, and capacity to publish new data products for biodiversity assessments and recreational applications. The presentation recording is available on the DevOps meetings page.

More info: PAD-US Viewer. PAD-US Data Overview.


The current interface of the Protected Areas Database of the United States.

1/9 Semantic Web WG: a semantically powered modular architecture and resources about the semantic web

The group looked at the paper "SemantEco: a semantically powered modular architecture for integrating distributed environmental and ecological data." In addition, resources on the basics of the semantic web were shared on the topics of graph databases and ontologies and reasoning. See more at the Semantic Web meetings page.

Figure detailing a subset of the wildlife ontology from the SemantEco paper.

1/13 Data Management WG - two USGS data inventory systems

Heather Schreppel Schreppel, Heather (Contractor) A and VeeAnn Cross Cross, VeeAnn A presented on COMPASS, the data inventory system for the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP). COMPASS provides a centralized location to collect and preserve field activity information, track data, search for data within the system, facilitate field activity management, aid data managers in the preservation of scientific data, and maintain a comprehensive data catalog.

Colin Talbert Talbert, Colin presented on DataDash: Fort Collins Science Center’s Proposal, Project, Deliverable, and Archive Tracking Dashboard. DataDash links the Center's project records with several other USGS systems to improve project tracking.

The presentation slides and recording are available on the meeting wiki page.


Slide about the COMPASS data inventory system and its purpose.

1/16 Risk CoP - Usability and engaging stakeholders

Risk CoP summary provided by Kris Ludwig Ludwig, Kristin A. :

Applying Usability to Web-Tool Design and Development – Using HERA as a Use Case.  Sophie Hou Hou, Chung Yi (Contractor) provided an overview of HERA (the USGS Hazard Exposure and Analytics Tool,  https://www.usgs.gov/apps/hera/), the motivations for HERA to enhance its user interface and user experience, the usability strategy and techniques the HERA team has been using for the redesign, and recent results.

Update on the Strategic Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (SHIRA) Project: Engaging Stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest. Emily Brooks Emily Brooks  and Alice Pennaz Pennaz, Alice Bridget provided an update on the SHIRA project and shared themes from stakeholder interviews with emergency managers in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges in Washington state.

The recording and slides are available on the Risk meetings page

In the coming months during their regular meeting time, the Risk CoP will host a series of trainings from the Impact360 alliance "Elevating the interconnected nature of research and practice to reduce impacts of natural hazards and disasters." Learn more on the Risk wiki page


Slide from the SHIRA - engaging stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest presentation. 

1/23 Software Dev - Software policies you should know, and O365

Cassandra Ladino Ladino, Cassandra C. presented on Software Policies You Should Know, followed by a discussion of O365 Tips and Tricks. Ever wonder about FITARA, FedRAMP, GitLab and Federal Source Code Policy, Systems and Records Notices, the USGS Software Management Website, or your new O365 tools, this is the meeting for you. Recording available on the SoftwareDev meetings page.


And that's it for January!

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