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April 8, 2020: CDI Funded Projects

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.

Connection information

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

A password is required this month. Check for an email from on 4/6/20 for the password, or email

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:

Meeting Recording and Slides

Recordings and slides are available to CDI Members approximately 24 hours after the completion of the meeting.

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During the call, you can ask and up-vote questions at, event code #23331.

Agenda (in Eastern time)

11:00 am Welcome and Opening Announcements - Virtual work and collaboration

11:20 am Collaboration Area Announcements  

11:30 am Open-source and open-workflow Climate Scenarios Toolbox for adaptation planningAparna Bamzai, USGS

11:45 am Develop Cloud Computing Capability at Streamgages using Amazon Web Services GreenGrass IoT Framework for Camera Image Velocity GagingFrank Engel, USGS

12:00 pm Establishing standards and integrating environmental DNA (eDNA) data into the USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species databaseJason Ferrante, USGS

12:30 pm  Adjourn


  1. Remote meetings resource: 
    1. Since the last call, we have added more security to our Zoom meetings, adding a password to Zoom calls.
    2. There has been an increase in virtual meeting attendees in the last couple weeks.
  2. ESIP Collaboration Areas Highlights Webinar on April 22:
  3. To join any of the CDI collaboration areas, see


  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 here: Interagency Collaborative for Environmental Modeling and Monitoring
  5. Open-source and open-workflow Climate Scenarios Toolbox for adaptation planning: Aparna Bamzai-Dodson
    1. Link to website:
    2. Scenario planning - a way to consider the range of possible outcomes; 3-5 plausible divergent scenarios. Managers and scientists can use this information for adaptation strategies.
    3. The Climate Scenarios Toolbox is attempting to take the pain out of working with climate data
    4. The Toolbox is open and usable, allowing other users to contribute open code. The Toolbox hopes to do the following:
      1. lower the barrier to entry
      2. automate common tasks
      3. reduce the potential for errors
      4. empower a larger user community
    5. The link above includes a getting started guide for the Toolbox.
      1. There is extra support for the National Park Service, as NPS was a partner for this project.
    6. Engaging CDI
      1. Install and use the Toolbox
      2. Provide feedback on issues/features
      3. Contribute to the package


  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!

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