This post rounds out the 2017 CDI Collaboration Area Activity. It's been such a full year, I'm looking forward to more great topics in 2018!
Some of these topics do not really lend themselves to images, but we must have an image. So here is last month's ball of CDI Collaboration Area words:
The group discussed goals to help guide how this group could collaborate and benefit from each other (in order of priority and likelihood):
Share awareness of what is going on (software efforts, tool exploration, best practices, metadata standards)
Share lessons learned
Share configurations (software, tools, architectures, ...)
Share data, services, and/or maybe even code
Let the group leads, Michelle Guy (mguy) and Blake Draper (bdraper), know if you have specific topics or goals you’d like to see addressed. Software Development Cluster Page
The group talked about a specific field in the USGS data release metadata: That pesky data quality information. The Data Quality field is challenging because many metadata creators and reviewers are not sure what to put there, many times there is no useful content in that field. Madison Langseth brought up a current effort to compile Data Quality Documentation Examples. See the rest of the discussion at the Metadata Reviewers page.
DevOps had three presentations, two in Project Management and two in SysAd and Developer.
SCAPE (Secure Cloud Analytic Processing Environment): A Framework for adaptable and secure analysis of streaming data. (Ginny Cevasco - Booz Allen Hamilton)
GHSC (Geologic Hazards Science Center) experience with an Agile Contract (Lynda Lastowka, USGS). Shared link on agile contracts in government.
CHS (Cloud Hosting Solutions) Cloudfront/WAF service (Jonathan Russo - CHS)
DevOps wiki page.
The focus was the Data Management Theme: Acquire. Brian Reece spoke on the topic "Data integration, fiscal accountability, and the 'business of science.'" He presented an evolving suite of web services and procedures that improve the availability to access and integrate data from Bureau systems such as BASIS+ (used to track projects and financial info), FBMS (tracks agreements and sales), and IPDS (used to track publications). Data Management WG page
The group discussed plans for possible future work on an integrated modeling project and a data dictionary database, as well as content for a future CDI Monthly Meeting. Semantic Web WG page.
"Mini-Hack-Session: Developing and extending Jupyter Widgets": Jason Grout, Bloomberg. Jason walked through the thought and technical processes involved with developing new widget capability. See the recording. Tech Stack WG page.
The December Open Source topic was code inventories and metadata. Eric Martinez has been working on leverage open APIs to aggregate code.json files from individual USGS projects into a software inventory compatible with code.gov. Eric was unavailable at this months call. Alternatively, Cian Dawson volunteered to talk about the Water Mission Area activities and the Software IM. The Software IM is currently under heavy revision by the Fundamental Science Practices Advisory Committee and any feedback is welcome. (See details at the first comment on this page.) Open Source Coffee Talks page.
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