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CDI Monthly Meeting - 20180912

The Community for Data Integration (CDI) meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Link to Google Calendar Event

Connection information

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/338586400

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 740 3766 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 338 586 400

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,338586400# or +14087403766,,338586400# 

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=Dfpb2Rwy-790IFvpEU0Xa-6z3Gex-mO8



Meeting Recording

Meeting recordings are available to CDI Members approximately 24 hours after the completion of the meeting. Please log in to view the recording. If you would like to become a member of CDI, email cdi@usgs.gov.

During the call, you can ask and up-vote questions at slido.com, event code #3514.

Agenda (in Eastern time)

11:00a Scientist's Challenge - Outcrop and field data

11:05a Welcome - Leslie Hsu, CDI Coordinator [PDF]

11:10a CDI Announcements [PDF]

11:20a  STEP-UP to Data Management, Sue Kemp, USGS

11:30a  CDI Funded Project Report: Empowering decision-makers: A dynamic web interface for running Bayesian networks, Erika Lentz, USGS

11:45a  USGS Thesaurus: what it is, how you can use it, and how you can improve it, Peter Schweitzer, USGS

12:30p  Adjourn

Abstracts

STEP-UP to Data Management, Sue Kemp, USGS

Last school year, FRESC was assigned a STEP-UP student to remotely work on a legacy data management challenge. Sue Kemp will describe how Gabe Reizzis assisted FRESC in the daunting task of sunsetting the Sagemap website, which includes capturing, cataloging, and maintaining public access to decades of NBS and USGS information. 


Empowering decision-makers: Developing a dynamic web interface for running Bayesian networks, Erika Lentz, USGS

We present some of the early lessons learned through the ongoing conversion of a probabilistic modeling framework from proprietary to freely available open-source software, including 1) processing, storage, and hosting; 2) staffing requirements and needs; and 3) the development process.   The intent of the resulting product, which will continue development in FY18 and FY19,  is to create a portable interactive web-interface to serve as a prototype to demonstrate how interdisciplinary USGS science and models can be transformed into an approachable format for decision-makers.   

Erika Lentz is a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey stationed at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. She received her PhD in Geology from the University of Rhode Island in 2010, and from 2012 to 2014 was a USGS Mendenhall Research Fellow. Her research focuses on coastal change and the processes that drive it over a range of spatial (barrier island to regional) and temporal (storms to sea level rise) scales in both natural and built environments, and is also interested in the meaningful communication of scientific information to support decision-making.


USGS Thesaurus: what it is, how you can use it, and how you can improve it, Peter Schweitzer, USGS

The USGS Thesaurus provides a means of categorizing a wide variety of information resources in a way that does not require detailed knowledge of the structure and function of the organizations within the USGS. Its specific purpose is to provide topical categorization at a general level that enables technical non-specialists to identify information resources relevant to problems of interest to them.

This presentation will explain the structure of the thesaurus, how you can use it in your work, and how you may participate in refining and further developing it.

Peter Schweitzer works on scientific information management at USGS in Reston VA.  With a formal background in geology and oceanography and practical experience in software development, he serves as a bridge between the scientific research and information technology communities.  Currently, his work focuses on providing usable scientific data to the public.  The largest collection of information he manages is at MRData.usgs.gov and includes geological, geochemical, geophysical, and mineral resource data produced by the Mineral Resources Program.  Widely known for producing software that parses and validates geospatial metadata, he led a small group to develop controlled vocabularies and cataloging software to provide topical interfaces for scientific information on the web.  He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Presentations

Presentation: Slides are available to CDI Members. Please log in to download the slides. If you would like to become a member of CDI, email cdi@usgs.gov.

Highlights

  1. Outcrop and field data scientist's challenge: https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/x/Rh8YJ
  2. CDI RFP Wiki page: https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/display/cdi/2019+Proposals
  3. DataCamp Python course: https://www.datacamp.com/courses/intro-to-python-for-data-science
  4. Sign up for the Python course at: http://goo.gl/HNgp16
  5. SpatioTemporal Feature Registry IdeaScale: https://esipfed.ideascale.com/a/campaign-home/23576
  6. STEP-UP NPR article link: https://www.kqed.org/science/1922125/students-with-autism-excel-in-working-with-data-helping-scientists

Attendees

A Participant Report is available to CDI Members. Please log in to download the report. If you would like to become a member of CDI, email cdi@usgs.gov.



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