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Prepared for Coordinators Meeting on November 30, 2018

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The CDI has a zoom account for hosting our monthly meetings, and we make it available for CDI-related meetings.

More information is available to people on the coordinator list at the page Zoom account for screen sharing (need to log in).

If you'd like to take advantage of this, we'll set up a URL for you, and show you how to "claim host" at your meeting even if a CDI facilitator is not present.

We are not sure how long we will have this ability, it is a trial account. 

Using features in the CDI Wiki 


The purpose of your wiki site can easily be changed. We recommend not to change the title, as it changes a URL that some people may use (as long as you know, and try to use the persistent URL instead of the one that shows in the URL bar). The page can be easily deleted. 

CDI Calendar

CDI uses a Google Calendar Microsoft Outlook calendar that is under the user  Link to the CDI Google Calendar.

Add calendar to your Google calendar view: In the google calendar search bar that says "Add a friend's calendar," add This should work with external gmail accounts too.

We display our calendar on our wiki site to variable success (sometimes the calendar does not show for unknown reasons). It is on our wiki front page and our wiki calendar page.

We also keep an "External events" calendar up. "Webinars that are of interest to the Community for Data Integration community but not run by the CDI. Link to External webinar Google Calendar Unfortunately this is not accessible to those outside of Dept of Interior so we also maintain a Confluence calendar

How are these calendars maintained?


Promoting your collaboration area on the CDI blog

We have a blog that we use to describe recent activities that happen in the CDI. This is one of the only ways how you can see all recent activity in one place. Currently Leslie usually does a monthly round-up of activities, often copying and pasting from collaboration area notes. This is not an "official" blog (no review). 

We link to these posts in our CDI emails, and sometimes tweet them.

If you have text or a topic you would like in the blog, let Leslie know lhsu@usgs.govThe blog has been in hibernation since October 2020 due to staffing changes with CDI facilitation. 

Participating in the CDI RFP with your collaboration area (supporting a statement of interest)


How would I go about inviting people to be part of the group? Will other group members be able to invite others? Can members send out email to the group or can this be managed?


If you have an existing list, we can bulk add them to a wiki group that will allow you to set permissions and set out notifications. Most groups use a mix of that and a copy-paste email list.


Yes, other group members can invite others. Usually we help manage the lists at, as it helps us to keep track of things and metrics.


CDI groups use USGS Mailman listservs. There is a separate page for Listserv information, under the Coordinators space. 


  1. Getting useful direction from the community, mostly we're lecturing at them
  2. Ensuring the group is getting the type of information they want/need to hear about, and stimulating discussion from the presentations.
  3. Getting people to speak up about what they want to hear about
  4. Where do you get your monthly topics from? How do you get presenters?