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CDI Conference Call - July 11, 2012

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.

USGS/DOI Dial In Number: (703) 648-4848 (for USGS and DOI offices)
Toll Free Dial In Number: (855) 547-8255 (for other offices and telecommute locations)
Conference Code: 47919# (same for both numbers)

Webex Recording

Click link to access the Webex recording

Agenda (in Eastern time)

11:00a  Welcome - Kevin Gallagher and Linda Gundersen

11:20a  Opportunity/Challenge of the Month: Virtual DataBlast - Preview of CDI products to be highlighted for the USGS Executive Leadership Team on July 17, 2012 and USGS Headquarters on July 18, 2012

Abstract: The Community for Data Integration (CDI) will be hosting a DataBlast poster session at the USGS Library in Reston, Virginia for the USGS Executive Leadership Team on July 17, 2012 and for the Headquarters staff on July 18, 2012 that will highlight several CDI products developed over the past few years.  Please join us on July 11, 2012 at the monthly CDI meeting to participate in a Virtual DataBlast by the presenters to learn more about some of the activities, tools, and applications that will be highlighted in Reston the following week including:

National Water Information System (NWIS) Snapshot Tool
Presenter: Sally Holl, Texas Water Science Center, Austin
Handout(s): NWIS Snapshot Tool fact sheet REF:

Geo Data Portal
Presenter: Dave Blodgett, Center for Integrated Data Analytics (CIDA), Wisconsin

Sharing Science -- CDI Data Upload and Distribution Project (working title)
Presenter: Tim Kern, Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado
Handout(s): Data Uploader fact sheet REF:

Science for a Mobile World
Presenter:   Lorna Schmid, Administration and Enterprise Information, Reston
Co-authors: Daniel Pearson, Texas Water Science Center, Austin
                  Derek Masaki, Core Science Analytics and Synthesis, Honolulu

Semantic Technologies for Integrating USGS Data: A CDI Semantic Web Working Group (SWWG) Project
Presenter:      Fran Lightsom, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, MA
Co-author:      Janice Gordon, Core Science Analytics and Synthesis, Colorado

A USGS Website to Support and Enable Better Science Data Management
Presenter:  Heather Henkel, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, FL
Co-author:  Viv Hutchison, Core Science Analytics and Synthesis, Denver

12:20p  Discussion

12:30p  Adjourn


Opening Remarks

Kevin – I am very excited for this opportunity to hear about these projects. Linda and I discussed the need to make sure the ELT is aware of this community as well as the contributions this community is making. I am extremely proud of this group and the way they’ve come together. We have put a lot of time and energy in into the annual process of selecting projects and thought a lot about the guiding principles to identify work that will move USGS down the road to better data integration. The Datablast will show off the results as a big and brilliant important step and will embolden support for this group. We keep hearing about the need for data integration and we are making tremendous inroads.

Linda – These are some great projects and it is very timely to get it in front of the ELT and USGS now that we have a framework. Need to do more of a roll out and the science strategy will provide us an opportunity to integrate this work with the future science goals. We want to create more opportunities to show the community what we’re doing.

Kevin – Linda and I were very disappointed in making the hard decision of no face-2-face meeting but it was necessary because of the scrutiny over travel. We will commit to creating opportunities to keep the momentum going with the Datablast and the virtual meeting. We are far from relaxed in our focus.

Linda – I would like to add that sister agencies really admire CDI.


Poster handouts and live demos will be available during the Datablast.

Posters available on confluence -


No time for CDI working group reports.


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