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About Us

Who We Are

Our group is open to anyone (including USGS employees across mission areas and disciplines and non-USGS/non-federal employees) who is interested in data visualization practices, techniques, and projects.

What We Do

The Data Visualization Collaboration Area, as part of the USGS's Community for Data Integration, was founded to serve as a professional hub and creative home to promote open data visualization trainings and discussions.

We hope to foster a creative, collaborative community of people who come to data vis from a variety of backgrounds with any set of design tools. 

As we grow, we plan to:

  • Host events where members can connect and learn from each other
  • Invest in communication platforms like Team Channels to help us share skills, knowledge, ideas, and meaningful critique
  • Encourage new and underrepresented voices as the USGS grows its data visualization community.

We recognize that everyone will have their own favorite set of tools.  So, we hope to focus on supporting members as they practice their own process of data visualization.

How We Connect

Sign up for the

CDI-DataViz Listserv

Join our new MS Team!

Members within DOI:

Join our MS Team

or join with team code: 1dmo1yp

Members outside of DOI:

Request Access

Team Access Instructions


Most Recent: Thursday, September 16th at 1pm EST

Webinar: Beyond Bars and Box Plots — Chart alternatives and how to create and style them with ggplot2 
Featuring Cédric Scherer

Recordings of Previous Meetings

Click here to view past meetings.

Points Of Contact

WhoEmailPosition and USGS OfficeLocationExpertise
Colleen Nell (Primary) Data Visualization Specialist, Water Mission AreaMadison, WIData storytelling, scientific & geospatial visualizations, R, illustration
Dionne Service Management Specialist (Physical Scientist), Cloud Hosting SolutionsBozeman, MTCloud services (Tableau, GIS)
Amy Puls

Biologist, Northwest-Pacific Islands Regional OfficeCook, WAFacilitation, coordination
Ellen Bechtelebechtel@contractor.usgs.govData Visualization Specialist, Water Mission AreaBoston, MA (remote)

Graphic design, UX/UI, design process, D3.js

Katherine Trickeyktrickey@usgs.govStudent Trainee (Hydrology), New England Water Science CenterAugusta, MEArcGIS API for JavaScript, HTML/XHTML/CSS, Arcade Scripting, JavaScript, ArcGIS Hub, ArcGIS Insights, ArcGIS StoryMaps, ArcGIS Web AppBuilder, ArcGIS Collector, Leaflet, QGIS, SharePoint, Amazon Web Services

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  1. It might be helpful to update the Collaboration Areas page and the Join the Collaboration Area listservs page with this Data Visualization link to this page.