Confluence Retirement

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is scheduled for retirement on January 27th, 2023. The official USGS Wiki and collaboration space is now SharePoint. Please migrate existing spaces and content to the SharePoint platform and remove it from Confluence at your earliest convenience. If you need any additional information or have any concerns about this change, please contact Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
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You'll probably want to join a new collaboration area after reading all of this exciting news. You can do that by following the instructions on this wiki page. You can also get to all CDI Collaboration Area wiki pages here. We recently added quick link buttons to meeting content to most collaboration area wiki pages.

2/3/20 Metadata Reviewers - Persistent unique identifiers for USGS metadata records

The group had a conversation about the need for persistent unique identifiers in USGS metadata records that could be used across different government systems, including and Lisa Zolly presented some slides frame the conversation, and take-aways are on the Metadata Reviewers Meetings Page.

Slide from the Metadata Reviewers Community of Practice February meeting.

2/4/20 DevOps - USGS Map Production on Demand (POD)

February's DevOps meeting was like a Valentine's Day-themed love letter to the partnership between Dev and Ops. (Yes, that is a subjective opinion.)  Andy Stauffer (Dev) and Robert Djurasaj (DevOps) combined to present on "Automating the Deployment of a National Geospatial Map Production Platform Using DevOps Workflows." A dedicated DevOps team was critical for scaling up workflow and infrastructure for the Map Production On Demand (POD) system. See the recording at the DevOps Meeting page.

Slide from the DevOps February meeting presentation.

2/10/20 Data Management - What's the value of your project?

The Data Management working group meeting used an interactive virtual format to have small group discussion about developing data management value propositions. Science Gateways Community Institute superstars Claire Stirm and Juliana Casavan presented the essence of value propositions - A clear understanding of the unique value your project delivers to your users or stakeholders. Virtual breakout groups held discussions and came up with many answers to "Why is CDI important for data managers?" Claire and Juliana's tips on value propositions included being succinct and developing different value propositions for different audiences. See the slides and the value propositions at the meeting notes page!

A general formula for developing a value proposition statement.

2/13/20 Tech Stack - Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network

Mike Johnson from UC Santa Barbara presented on the Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network. This is an exciting stakeholder-driven knowledge network project with emphasis on prototyping interfaces and web resources. See other joint CDI Tech Stack and ESIP IT&I webinars on the ESIP page.

2/19/20 Usability - Choosing Usability Techniques

Sophie Hou presented on "Choosing Usability Techniques." The process starts with establishing the context: what are you trying to learn and why? What are the gaps? What information do we need to learn and why? Next you should decide on the types of data needed: Attitudinal vs. Behavioral vs. Qualitative vs. Quantitative. Thank you to Sophie for continuing to build our knowledge about how to improve usability in our projects! See the slides and the notes on the Usability meeting page.

Slide from the Usability group's February presentation showing the differences between different types of usability data.

2/20/20 Risk CoP - Human-centered design, frame innovation, and systems theory (Panarchy)

The Risk CoP hosted guest Scott Miles from Impact360 to kick off a special training series. Scott's presentation was loaded with information!

From the Risk Meetings page: This was the kickoff meeting for a series of training webinars provided by Impact360 Alliance on human-centered design thinking and inclusive problem solving. We met the Impact360 team and were introduced to the foundations and terminology of Impact360's toolkit, Toolkit360. Toolkit360 is a rigorous, intentional process to collectively amplify researcher and practitioner superpowers to integrate knowledge and action, unlike doing it “the way we’ve always done it” or working in silos. Toolkit360 fuses processes and methods from human-centered designframe innovation,and systems theory (Panarchy)The Toolkit360 process uses 12 tools to bridge the problem and solution spaces with situation assessment, stakeholder alignment, problem framing, and prototyping. Future training webinars during the Risk COP's March and April monthly meetings will take deeper dives into these tools. 

Access the slides and recording at the Risk Meetings page (must log in as a CDI member, join here if you're not a member yet).

Slide from the Risk Community of Practice's February meeting.

2/26/20 Open Innovation

Sheree Watson presented on Using Open Innovation to Engage Youth and Underserved Communities in the Pacific Islands. Sophia B. Liu followed with a discussion of why Open Innovation matters and how to participate in the USGS Open Innovation Strategy. See more ways to get involved in USGS Open Innovation at the Open Innovation wiki site!

2/27/20 Geomorphology Tools - Floodplain and Channel Evaluation Tool (FACET) and Hyper-Res Hydrography

Peter Claggett and Labeeb Ahmed presented on Mapping Channels & Floodplains: Hyper-Res Hydrography and FACET. FACET stands for Floodplain and Channel Evaluation Tool and more can be found at

Matt Baker (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) presented on 'Hyper'-resolution Geomorphic Hydrography: Methods, advantages, and shifting paradigm.

I always try to make myself look like I've been around for a long time with references to "do you remember when?" and I will do that now. I remember when the first LIDAR images started showing up at conferences and presenters would first show a standard (at the time) 30-meter DEM and then flip to the next slide that was LIDAR 1-meter resolution, and the whole audience would gasp in astonishment. Then this was followed by people saying "Well, none of the old tools work on LIDAR data, we have to build a whole bunch of new tools to analyze this higher resolution data." And that is what I thought of when watching these presentations. We've come a long way!

Access the recording at the Geomorphology Tools meeting page.

Slide from the Hyper-Resolution Geomorphic Hydrography presentation.

2/27/20 Software Development - API development for everyone

Jeremy Fee presented on Swagger and Micronaut. Jim Kreft showed the example of the Water Quality Data Portal at

Learn more at:

  • - "API Development for Everyone"
  • - "A modern, JVM-based, full-stack framework for building modular, easily testable microservice and serverless applications."
  • The OGC API family of standards are being developed to make it easy for anyone to provide geospatial data to the web.

See the recording at the Software Dev meeting page!

Jim Kreft demonstrated some of the details of the National Water Quality Data Portal.

Thanks to our collaboration area group leads, who organized topics and speakers ! Lightsom, Frances L. , Unknown User ( , Hughes, David R. , Langseth, Madison Lee , Hutchison, Vivian B. , Blodgett, David L. , Signell, Richard P. , Unknown User ( , Ludwig, Kristin A. , Emily Brooks , Ramsey, David W. , Liu, Sophia , Ladino, Cassandra C. , Guy, Michelle , Newson, Jeremy K.  


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