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CDI Monthly Meeting - 180509

The Community for Data Integration (CDI) meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Meeting Recording

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During the call, you can ask and up-vote questions at, event code #9317.

Agenda (in Eastern time)

11:00a In the News [PDF]

11:05a Welcome - Kevin Gallagher - Associate Director for Core Science Systems and Tim Quinn - Office of Enterprise Information Chief 

11:15a Working Group Announcements 

11:25a   CDI FY17 Funded Project Presentations (10 minutes each)

Brian Reichert and Becca Scully - Developing APIs to support enterprise level monitoring using existing tools

Mark Wiltermuth - Extending ScienceCache—a Mobile Application for Data Collection—to Accommodate Broader Use within USGS

John Young - Evaluation and testing of standardized forest vegetation metrics derived from lidar data

12:30p  Adjourn


  1. It's so unFAIR!:

  2. Enabling FAIR data:

  3. FAIR metrics:

  4. ESIP lab:

  5. Python for Data management training:

  6. Summer reading - get your science used:

  7. Poll for more readings: , event 9317

  8. GIS Community of Practice: 


Presentation: Slides are available to CDI Members. Please log in to download the slides. If you would like to become a member of CDI, email


  1. The 2019 CDI Workshop is being planned for June 3-7 in Boulder, CO.

  2. Check out the FAIR data metrics in order to make the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable principles more tangible.

  3. ESIP Labs has a spring call for proposals.

  4. The CDI is planning several training events this summer, including a Python for Data Management series. 

  5. NABat database (North American Bat database), NABat web portal and linked with two way APIs, will help collaborators to coordinate their sampling efforts.

  6. The ScienceCache application has been extended to use a more flexible data model, allowing more types of mobile app data collection. Testing phase will come later this year, contact Mark Wiltermuth ( if interested.

  7. A project on deriving vegetation metrics from lidar data provides 10m and 25m products for use by stakeholders such as staff at Shenandoah National Park.


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  1. Hi Leslie- sorry I had to drop off the call today before John Young's talk, I had another call.

    There was a question from someone about the status of lidar in the cloud?  We are in the process of replicating all lidar point cloud data that we serve on FTP in S3 as well. Our plan is to have all ~10 Trillion lidar points (110+ TB) that we have in archive on S3 by the end of the year. I believe we have a little more than half out there now, and growing.

    Due to the large volumes of data (and small budgets) we only provide lidar point cloud data as a 'requester pays' option in S3. It is still free to access via FTP

    A web page with instructions can be found here:

    A couple FAQs and how-tos are out there as well:

    We are looking for feedback as to how we can improve this process in the future.


  2. Another question that came up during the call that we didn't get to during the meeting:

    Q: Re: ArcGIS Pro, is there going to be a mandatory transition from ArcMap to Pro, and if so when is it planned for?

    A: (Shane Wright): Short answer no. We have always left it up to the discretion of the center on upgrades and versions. The only exception is when there is some type of security risk.