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Conference dates: May 25-28, 2021.

Location: virtual.

The online workshop schedule and speakers are now posted.

How can I join the workshop?

Please register through the Community for Data Integration 2021 Workshop invitation in eventbrite. 

Note: You must sign in or create an account in order to RSVP for the workshop.

USGS employees have the additional step of signing up in the USGS Conference Database for tracking purposes.

How can I make changes to my eventbrite invitation?

  1. Navigate to eventbrite's home page
  2. Select 'Sign In' at the top right of the browser.
    1. Use the same credentials used to sign up for the 2021 CDI Workshop.
  3. Select the 'Tickets' icon at the top right of the browser.
  4. Under 'Orders' you will see the 'Community for Data Integration 2021 Workshop' invitation. Click on the invitation.
    1. To view your ticket information, do not select 'Go to online event page'.
  5. To edit the invitation, select the 'Edit' option. 
    1. Here you can edit your name, email, or other information that you initially provided in your invitation.

How will the virtual meeting work?

The main activities will be held from Tuesday to Friday, May 25-28, 2021, there will be three 1.5-hour sessions, 11-12:30p, 1:30-3:00pm, and 4-5:30pm Eastern.

Can't make the dates or times? The sessions will be recorded and posted at a space accessible to CDI members. 

What is the format of the different sessions?

There are Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions, the DataBlast, and Workshops.

Plenary sessions will be 1.5 hours long and there will be no concurrent sessions.

Topical breakout sessions will be 1.5 hours long and the number of concurrent virtual sessions will depend on the number of sessions submitted. Breakout session leaders are strongly encouraged to have interactive sessions, and will be provided resources to design for them.

The DataBlast poster and demo session will happen on Wednesday, from 4-5:30pm Eastern, hosted by Earth Science Information Partners and held on the Gather.Town interactive platform. The Gather.town platform allows attendees to interact with posters, videos, and other attendees using microphone and camera. The DataBlast content and Q&A capabilities will be available all week for those that can't join the interactive session. There will also be a Lightning Talk session on Tuesday, from 4-5:30 pm Eastern, where presenters have the option to share their poster or demo in a 1-2 minute talk!


Example of a poster session set up in Gathertown, where attendees can navigate to view different posters and interact using camera and mic.

Workshop-type training sessions are mostly scheduled on Friday.

How do I submit a breakout session?

Use the Propose a Session Page to complete a template and submit a breakout session. 

Session submissions will be reviewed after March 1, 2021, to determine a schedule .

What platform will the workshop use?

We will use Microsoft Teams.

I still don't get the DataBlast options?

To mimic the in-person DataBlast, participants will be able to share a poster (digital file) or a demo (live screenshare or recorded demo) in the Gather.town "DataBlast hall." The interactive Gather.town space will be open on Wednesday, May 26, from 4-5:30pm. In addition, participants may choose to highlight their work with a quick 1-2 minute lightning talk, which will be presented on Tuesday, the day before the interactive session. Lightning talks may be pre-recorded.

Q: Are the "Live Demos" scheduled to be during a specific time (like a 5-minute block)?

A: No, "Live Demos" were intended to replicate the in-person experience where you have a laptop or monitor and are demoing to passers-by during the entire DataBlast Session. So the entire 4-5:30pm Eastern, Wednesday, block is available for people to be "by" their demo space to interact with people in the virtual poster and demo space.

Q: It might make sense to pre-record the demo I was thinking about - like a 5 minute demo on how to use a certain tool.

A: We had not originally envisioned that option so you don't see instructions about that in the message we sent out. However, yes, you can have a video object in the virtual poster hall for people to watch at their leisure.

Q: How can we interact with the poster presenters?

A: On Wed., May 26, 4-5:30pm Eastern, registered attendees may enter the Gather.town space and navigate to their desired poster. If the presenter is "at" their poster (their avatar, that is), then you can interact with camera and mic. We are also working on shared documents that can be used for asynchronous Q&A throughout the week. Like I said, we're still working that out...

Q: Are we going to be able to practice in this Gather.town thing?

A: Yes, we are planning to have demo spaces open for participants to get familiar, and have some preview content at the May 12 CDI Monthly Meeting and the workshop plenaries preceding the Gather.town event. 

Q: What do you mean by "lightning talks associated with a poster or demo will be prioritized"?

A: At this time we don't know how many people will submit lightning talks for the 90-minute session. If there are too many talks, we may postpone the lightning talks that are not associated with a poster or demo to a future date. 

I still have a question

Contact Leslie Hsu and the workshop team at cdi@usgs.gov.

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This FAQ page was inspired by https://csvconf.com/faq/.




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