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:


11/30 Software Development Cluster - future topics

The group discussed goals to help guide how this group could collaborate and benefit from each other (in order of priority and likelihood):

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

12/4 Metadata Reviewers - data quality information

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.

12/5 DevOps - streaming data, agile contracts, Cloudfront

DevOps had three presentations, two in Project Management and two in SysAd and Developer.

DevOps wiki page.

12/11 Data Management Working Group - the business of science

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

12/14 Semantic Web Working Group - integrated modeling

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.

12/14 Tech Stack Working Group - more Jupyter widgets

"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.

12/27 Open Source Coffee Talks - code inventories and metadata

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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