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List of correspondence

04 October 2016

Dear CDI FY16 Funded Project PIs,
Greetings in FY17 - thanks for the updates you have provided us on your CDI project, we are excited to see the results in the upcoming weeks and months.
This is a friendly reminder about project reporting by October 21, which you can email to us at

  • Oct 21: Submit your project's report to CDI (so we can incorporate it into our annual report). (template)
  • Oct 21: Submit your updated Data Management Plan indicating which deliverables are completed, which are in progress, and if any plans have changed.
  • Oct 21: We will check in about your project's ScienceBase entry.

If you'd like to see past years' project write-ups, you can view the old Annual Reports on the CDI wiki (I believe you need to be signed in as a CDI member).
Let me know if you have any questions.
Best regards,

01 September 2016

Dear CDI FY16 Funded Projects PIs,

As the end of the fiscal year approaches, I just wanted to send a note to see if you had any questions or concerns about the final "official" month of your CDI project.

A few reminders for the upcoming months:
  • Sept 30: Finish spending budget!
  • Sept 30: Upload code (if applicable) to USGS CDI Bitbucket repository. (Reply to me if you still need your repository set up, and any instructions.)
  • Oct 21: Submit your project's report to CDI (so we can incorporate it into our annual report). (template)
  • Oct 21: Submit your updated Data Management Plan indicating which deliverables are completed, which are in progress, and if any plans have changed.
  • Oct 21: We will check in about your project's ScienceBase entry.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about these dates or actions!


30 June 2016

Dear CDI FY16 Funded Project PIs,

Thanks for scheduling your CDI project check-in for July. The calls are meant to be brief and informative. We have a few goals:

  1. Timeline: Look at timeline from your proposal - discuss if any modifications are needed

  2. Data Management Plan: Look at Data Management Plan from your proposal - discuss if any modifications are needed

  3. Your project’s ScienceBase Item: view and discuss any content, links, or needs.

  4. Bitbucket repositories for scripts and software: if applicable, discuss any needs, provide information about the upcoming training.

  5. Discuss any other questions you have for CDI.

You do not need to prepare any other materials to present, (but of course we would not decline to see anything you wish to show!).

We intend for the calls to take less than 30 minutes.

Call info:
Phone: 703.648.4848 / 855.547.8255,  47919#

Best regards,

03 June 2016

Dear CDI FY16 Funded Projects PIs,

In my last message I forgot to mention a possible conference that might be a relevant use of CDI travel funds for your project (if you happened to sign up for the conference before the May 28 internal USGS deadline).

The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting is from Sept 25-28 (just before the budget expenditure deadline!) in Denver, CO.

There are two primarily Geoinformatics sessions that you may be interested in attending. If you are already planning to submit an abstract to GSA and need an invitation to the "Big Data" session in order to present a second talk, I can help with that. (smile)


T46. Advanced Information Systems and the Geosciences: Visioning the Future

Mary C. Hill, Suzanne A. Pierce, Basil Tikoff
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

This session explores how advanced computing tools, architectures, algorithms, and visualization are transforming geoscience practice and research, making issues that range from hydrology to geologic hazards to planetary science more accessible, understandable, pervasive, and compelling.

T47. Big Data in the Geosciences

M. Lee Allison, Leslie Hsu
GSA Geoinformatics Division

Big Data, including small data sets of great variety, complexity, variability, open access, is changing the scientific paradigm and breaking down barriers to discovery, access, and integration of data are reshaping the scientific practice. Developments and agreements in cyber- and e- infrastructure are converging globally, and applications are maturing and deploying widely across the geosciences. This session is intended to showcase new capabilities and opportunities in big data that will allow tackling complex, multidisciplinary problems that were previously not realistic as well as transforming the “small data” science that most of us carry out daily. 

Let me know if you have any questions.


01 June 2016

Dear CDI FY16 Funded Projects PIs,

Greetings! This year we plan to check in with you occasionally to make sure you have everything you need to make your CDI funded project a success. It’s hard to believe that almost three months have passed since we announced the awards!

Please do not hesitate to contact Madison and me at with any questions.

  1. Timeline

    1. You have all specified your own timelines in your proposals, but here is a general reminder

      1. June - schedule summer check in with CDI office

      2. July - complete summer check in over WebEx (see item 2)

      3. Sept - finish spending out budget by Sept 30!

  2. Summer check-in

    1. The purpose of the check-in is for funded project teams to give an update on their proposed timelines and have an opportunity to ask any questions to the CDI coordination team (Leslie and Madison).

    2. Please use the Google Appointment Slots link with your USGS Google Calendar to select a 45 minute appointment slot. However, we expect the calls to be <30 minutes.

    3. Slots are available July 5, 11, 14, and 15.

    4. It is your decision who to include from your project team on the call (it could be just you, or a large group).

    5. Use this link to select a slot and “Save” to your calendar.  (This is an experiment, let’s hope it works.)

    6. If none of the dates work, email us at to schedule another date.

  3. Travel fund use

    1. Because we are not having the ESIP Summer meeting session, nor a CDI in-person meeting this year, you have flexibility to use your travel funds to benefit your project. These funds must be spent by Sept 30.

      1. If you have questions about spending your travel funds, you can email us at or bring it up on the check-in phone call.

  4. Training on version control of code

    1. CDI will be hosting several virtual trainings over the summer, including a hands-on workshop on using Git, GitHub, and Bitbucket. We will keep you updated about these trainings. If you have specific questions you would like answered on these topics, please let us know. As mentioned in our March correspondence, any software code developed as part of this CDI project must reside on the USGS Bitbucket (formerly Stash) site. (You may still use other sites, but one version must be on Bitbucket by the end of September.)

  5. Correspondence with FY16 PIs Wiki page

    1. For your records, here’s a CDI Wiki page with information we have sent you about FY16 funded projects.

Let us know if you have any questions! Otherwise, we look forward to seeing your scheduled Check-in call.


Leslie and Madison

18 March 2016

Dear PI, 

Congratulations on your recently awarded 2016 CDI proposal!

Here is some important information that will help you get started on your project.

1) Administrative info

2) Project check-ins, reports, and deliverables

1) Administrative info

We are working with Cheryl Davis, our Administrative Officer, to set up appropriate accounts and other information needed to initiate the change of allocation.  Please verify the financial information you provided in your full proposal: the fiscal contact name, fiscal contact organization, and total requested amount.

If there are any other cost centers that are part of your project that need funding, please provide the additional information with AO contact, cost center, and the breakdown of how much funding goes to each cost center.

Please send the above information by "replying to all" to get your project started.

2) Project check-ins, reports, and deliverables

As specified in the CDI Request for Proposals Guidance “Project Reporting” section (p. 4), the following will be required:

  • Mid-year briefing (to be scheduled July 2016) - The purpose of the mid-year briefing is to communicate status and provide an opportunity to discuss any questions from the project team or CDI. There are two options for this check in:
    • Presentation in the CDI Session at the ESIP Summer Meeting 2016. See this link for more information and let us know by April 1 if this is likely for your project. If enough projects are represented, we will proceed with the session.
    • Project call on WebEx with CDI and relevant team members. If you cannot attend ESIP or the session does not happen, we will set up a WebEx for a discussion. Please suggest some possible dates for this call and we’ll check in about a month in advance.
  • USGS Stash Repository (due September 30, 2016) If applicable, please ensure that any software code developed for your project is available in the USGS Stash Repository. All code should be accessible in Stash by September 30, 2016, but can be continuously updated in the future. If you plan to maintain the project in a separate repository, such as GitHub, provide a link from your Stash repository to the GitHub repository. Check out the presentation by Dell Long to the Tech Stack Working Group on how to get started using Stash at
  • Contribution to CDI Annual Report (due October 21, 2016) - provide a brief report describing the project purpose, objectives, benefits, and deliverables with links to products or publications. Also provide a visual representation of project accomplishments. Template is attached.
  • Data Management Plan Update (due October 21, 2016) - update and submit Data Management Planning Forms by indicating which deliverables are completed and if any are still in progress. Provide explanation if any deliverable plans have changed.
  • ScienceBase entry (ongoing, final due date October 21, 2016) - your public summary will be used to populate a ScienceBase page describing your project. You will be able to edit this page. We will link to your deliverables as relevant.

Your reply to this message will signify your agreement to providing these check-ins, reports, and deliverables.  Please reply to all.

We look forward to working with you over the coming months on your project!

Please contact CDI Coordinator, Leslie Hsu (, 303-202-4080) if you have any questions.


Cheryl Morris

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