Confluence Retirement

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is scheduled for retirement on January 27th, 2023. The official USGS Wiki and collaboration space is now SharePoint. Please migrate existing spaces and content to the SharePoint platform and remove it from Confluence at your earliest convenience. If you need any additional information or have any concerns about this change, please contact Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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  1. Kevin Gallagher
    1. The CDI is more important than ever in maintaining connection and communication.
    2. Virtual collaboration
      1. Do you have a "virtual water cooler"? Microsoft Teams and the CDI wiki are possible places for these kinds of conversations.
      2. Share notes and highlights after virtual meetings so others can benefit from your activity. CDI collaboration areas are great for these kinds of notes.
      3. Share your tips, tricks and ideas for working virtually with the CDI.
  2. Tim Quinn
    1. CDI is "collaboration on a massive scale", and very important in this time.
    2. EarthMAP
      1. Feedback from CDI has been passed onto the EarthMAP team and allowed the team to identify what aspects of EarthMAP are most exciting and most confusing.
  3. EarthMAP update from Sky Bristol
    1. Blog post (link for USGS employees)
    2. Intranet page (link for USGS employees)
    3. MS Team (link for USGS employees)
  4. Announcements from Collaboration Areas (see slides for full details)
    1. Usability
      1. Town hall meeting: April 15th, Testing Usability with Users
      2. Resource review: May 20, Usability and Building Trust
      3. Have usability questions? Post them at: Interested in being a usability tester? Sign up at: Want to stay in touch? Join Listserv via:
    2. Semantic Web
      1. Paper discussion, April 9
      2. "Best Practices for Implementing FAIR Vocabularies and Ontologies on the Web" by Daniel Garijo and María Poveda Villalón:
      3. 2020 SWWG Meetings
    3. Metadata Reviewers
      1. Last meeting, April 6
      2. Next meeting, May 4
      3. Meetings of the Metadata Reviewers Community
    4. Tech Stack
      1. Next meeting, April 9, "Unidata Science Gateway"
    5. Data Management
      1. Next event, April 13, Upcoming changes to the Science Data Catalog with Lisa Zolly
      2. Last event, March 9, Value Propositions with Science Gateways
    6. Software Development
      1. Next event, April 23
    7. Open Innovation
      1. April 17, COVID-19 Open Innovation Efforts:
      2. The Opportunity Project (TOP) – Earth Sprint (Problem Statement Due Friday, April 10 – email me at if you would like to help):
      3. TOP Earth Sprint Roundtable Notes: 
      4. FEMA PrepTalk on "Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science as Force Multipliers for Emergency Management" by Sophia Liu: 
      5. Citizen Science Association Webinar:
      6. Citizen Science Association COVID-19 Resources:
    8. Risk
      1. Next meeting, April 16, Human-Centered Design Thinking with Impact360 Alliance (part 3)
      2. Risk Community of Practice Community Survey:
      3. Risk page: 
    9. ICEMM
      1. Annual meeting was March 17-18; ICEMM CDI website has all recordings


  1. Based on recent USGS guidance, will this call be moved off of Zoom to Teams?
    1. Leslie: We are testing external participation now and will keep the CDI informed of tech choice. Anyone interested in testing or discussing further, get in touch with me!