Here's another installment of all the topics being explored in the CDI Collaboration Areas. I'll get up to date yet!
The Software Development group discussed how people use github or other version control, for example, regarding release schedules and when in the dev cycle do releases begin? Eric Martinez led this conversation with a presentation on how the GHSC (Geologic Hazards Science Center) is using gitlab. Slides available to Dept. of Interior users.
Examples of using GitLab
The Metadata Reviewers group had earlier decided to learn together about different types of specialized metadata. Pai and Erika shared examples of using the Biological Data Profile for data from Sea Otter Surveys. (See Western Ecological Research Center Approved Data Releases) Read more.
The DevOps meetings continue to bring us explanations of new and evolving capabilities available to groups in the USGS, as well as opportunities for me to learn new acronyms.
Announcing CHS CDN/WAF Service (Cloud Hosting Solutions) (Content Delivery Network) (Web Application Firewall) (Jonathan Russo). This is a managed service intended for people who have a public facing internally hosted site that want to utilize Cloudfront.
GIT Hosting and Version Control (George Rolston). George presented code.chs.usgs.gov and gitlab-ci which is currently running and available for use. If you are not aware of what gitlab-ci is, it is a great time to learn how you can automate your builds with nothing more than a commit to master on code.chs.usgs.gov (CI = Continuous Integration)
This is the place you can go to learn about user stories for a USGS triple store, picking a system of persistent identifiers for linked data components, and choosing between 303 URIs and hash URIs. We are all learning together!
"Jupyter Widgets": Jason Grout, Bloomberg. (aka ipywidgets) enables building interactive GUIs for Python code using standard form controls (sliders, dropdowns, textboxes, etc.), as well providing a framework for building complex interactive controls such as interactive 2d graphs, 3d graphics, maps, and more.
The focus was the Data Management Theme: Plan, and the group welcomed speakers on three topics:
Guidance on how to release USGS model output files – Fran Lightsom
Examples of building data management plans as code – Sky Bristol
Data Management activities in the Water Mission Area – Linda Debrewer
See the slides at the DMWG meeting page.
Estimating Software Development Tasks. Discussion: "What approach has worked to best determine when a (software development) task will be completed on time, within scope, and within budget? Single point estimating? Three Point Estimating? Story Point Estimating? 50%-90% Estimating? Padding your initial thought by a factor of 2,4,8 estimating?" The group discussed these options and also created a new #projectmanagement slack channel on USGS slack. (If you do not have a Slack account, email Paul Moreland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will get you set up.)
Learn more about the group at their wiki page.