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AKA Your role in guiding the course of CDI funded projects
AKA Where the CDI coordinator makes a plea for you to vote

 

The FY17 Community for Data Integration Statements of Interest are in, and voting is open

Why you should comment and vote

  • A project might be proposing a tool that you could use, and you want to support it.
  • You might know of existing solutions that you want to make the PI aware of, so that they can take that into consideration.
  • You will get an idea of what practitioners need, and might get an idea for your own future proposal.
  • You will help steer the future direction of CDI.

 

Last Friday, we closed the submission portal for the Community for Data Integration Request for Proposals Phase 1. The portal was open from September 14 to October 14 and the initial registrations vs. completed submissions (PDF Statement of Interest (SOI) uploaded) looked like this:

 

 

This trend gave the CDI facilitators a panic attack about whether there would be a decent number of statements of interest submitted, but follows the typical pattern of PIs using “all of the available time” “efficiently.” Still, next year we will probably recommend that PIs start registering earlier, as there were some eleventh hour (or fifty-ninth minute) issues...

What you can do

  1. Vote: Community voting is open from now until Wednesday, November 9, 2016, and you can see the announcement and instructions for getting set up to vote on the CDI forum.
  2. See the results: Join us for the Closing Voting Session on November 9 during the CDI Monthly Meeting. During that session, we will take a look at the statistics, determine the cut off for Phase 2, and reveal the list of projects that made it to the next round.  

Some Q&A about our community voting process

  • Why do we ask you to read and seriously consider all Statements of Interest before voting? For fair and consistent evaluation of all statements, we ask that you consider all statements, using the CDI Guiding Principles, Science Support Framework, and Evaluation Criteria.
  • Why did we implement Community Voting? Community voting is a pretty unique aspect of the CDI Request for Proposals. Implemented in the FY14 cycle, community voting was started as a way to involve and engage the membership so that we make sure to take into account our grassroots efforts, needs, and knowledge before moving forward with funding projects.
  • Why is voting open to anyone who is or becomes a member of CDI, including PIs? We want the most open process of evaluation possible, denying no one, and we want funded projects that meet the needs of the most CDI members. 
  • Isn't this just a popularity contest? No. It is about communicating a need and a solution, and convincing voters that your solution is worthy. Although this may seem idealistic, I do think that the CDI community wants to fund the most exciting and potentially useful ideas, that the CDI membership is logical, and that networking/communicating/convincing/campaigning do not need to have negative connotations. The commenting and Phase 1 cut off selection are public and open to any members, and PIs are able to comment and advocate for their ideas on the voting platform. 
  • How will the ability to comment on the voting platform help the process? Commenting by the community is a way to clarify or improve statements of interest in a way that is publicly viewable by all. In addition, existing solutions may be brought to light for incorporation, collaboration, or as something that is already usable. 


Each year, the CDI Request for Proposals evolves, whether it is modifying the Guiding Principles, implementing or discarding categories for proposals, changing the panel review process, or trying to streamline the cover sheet generation. Given this year’s experience, we’ll be considering several things for improving the user experience next year. We welcome your ideas at cdi@usgs.gov.

Now go read some Statements of Interest and vote!

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