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Highlight images from the May 2020 Collaboration Area topics, from left to right: The User Experience Honeycomb (
source) (Usability), interfacing with hydrologic data with Hydroshare (Tech Stack), machine learning Train and Tune steps covered by SageMaker (AIML). 

CDI collaboration areas bring us focused information and tools to help us work with our data. Do you have an idea for a topic that you want to learn about or present to a group? Get in touch with us to coordinate! - Leslie,

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, 5/12 - SageMaker for machine learning models 

Amazon Web Services personnel and USGS scientists presented on SageMaker and an example of its use at the USGS Volcano Science Center. SageMaker provides the ability to build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly. Phil Dawson of USGS showed an application to the continuous seismic data that is collected at all USGS volcanic observatories, and how to apply the models even though "every volcano speaks a different dialect" (the seismic energy looks different).  

The recording is posted at the meeting wiki page 

Data Management, 5/11 - records management for electronic records 

Chris Bartlett presented on how records management is moving more aggressively to electronic records management, and it is a ripple of changes. She discussed what this means in relation to our records including data, our processes, and expectations. 

Slides and recording are posted at the meeting wiki page. 

Fire Science, 5/19 - scaling up tree-ring fire history 

The Fire Science Community of Practice heard the monthly fire update, discussion about fire science communications, and a science presentation from Ellis Margolis on Scaling up tree-ring fire history: from trees to the continent and seasons to centuries. 

Contact Paul Steblein or Rachel Loehman for more information. Future meeting dates are listed on the Fire Science wiki page

Metadata Reviewers, 5/4 - data publication versus research publication 

The group discussed the question "What type information (in the metadata) is necessary for a data publication vs research publication?" In addition, links were shared about an ongoing discussion on metadata for software and code.  

See more notes on the discussion at their Meetings wiki page. 

Risk, 5/12 - communicating hazard and risk science 

The Risk community of practice hosted a panel discussion on communicating hazard and risk science. The speakers were Sara McBride (USGS), Kerry Milch (Temple University), and Nanciann Regalado (Dept of Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service). Each speaker shared news on some of their recent projects and lessons learned on the job. Projects discussed included ShakeAlert and aftershock forecasts, the USGS circular "Communicating Hazards – A Social Science Review to Meet U.S. Geological Survey Needs", and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council.  

See more at the Risk community of practice wiki page 

Semantic Web, 5/14 - concept maps for modeling traceable adaptation, mitigation, and response plans 

Brian Wee presented on an experiment to use concept maps for documenting science-informed, data-driven workflows for climate-related adaptation, mitigation, and response planning. The ESIP wiki page on the concept map repository describes how concept maps can be used to describe your own data-to-decisions narrative, as a just-in-time (i.e. as needed) educational resource, to provide context awareness about where you fit in the big picture, and to experiment with ideas for context-aware knowledge discovery. 

See a link to the slides and recording at the Semantic Web meetings page. 

Software Dev, 5/28 - data warehousing and ETL pipelines 

May's topic was data warehousing and ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) pipelines. Cassandra Ladino presented on the use of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Redshift Data Warehouse as applied to the USGS Configuration Management Committee. Jeremy Newson presented on ETL pipelines using AWS Glue. 

See more at the Software Dev wiki meetings page. 

Tech Stack, 5/14 - HydroShare for sharing hydrologic resources 

The joint CDI Tech Stack and ESIP IT&I Tech Dive hosted a presentation on CUAHSI HydroShare by Jerad Bales, Anthony Castronova, and Jeff Horsburgh. HydroShare is a platform for sharing hydrologic resources (data, models, model instances, geographic coverages, etc.), enabling the scientific community to more easily and freely share products, including the data, models, and workflow scripts used to create scientific publications. 

Slides and recording on the joint CDI Tech Stack and ESIP IT&I webinars on the ESIP page. 

Usability, 5/20 - usability and trust 

resource review was posted on the topic of how usability and interface influence user experience, including credibility and use. "The resource highlights that user interface and credibility influence user experience because design elements can impact whether users trust and believe what is being presented or delivered to them." 

See more of the group's activity and resources on the Usability wiki page  

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