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

Why you should comment and vote


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

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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