Community for Data Integration 2014 annual report
Product Type:Open-file Report
Author(s):Langseth, M.L., Chang, M.Y., Carlino, Jennifer, Birch, D.D., Bradley, Joshua, Bristol, R.S., Conzelmann, Craig, Diehl, R.H., Earle, Paul, Ellison, L.E., Everette, A.L., Fuller, Pam, Gordon, J.M., Govoni, D.L., Guy, M.R., Henkel, H.S., Hutchison, V.B., Kern, Tim, Lightsom, F.L., Long, J.W., Longhenry, Ryan, Preston, T.M., Smith, Stan, Viger, R.J., Wesenberg, Katherine, and Wood, Eric
Suggested Citation:Langseth, M.L., Chang, M.Y., Carlino, Jennifer, Birch, D.D., Bradley, Joshua, Bristol, R.S., Conzelmann, Craig, Diehl, R.H., Earle, Paul, Ellison, L.E., Everette, A.L., Fuller, Pam, Gordon, J.M., Govoni, D.L., Guy, M.R., Henkel, H.S., Hutchison, V.B., Kern, Tim, Lightsom, F.L., Long, J.W., Longhenry, Ryan, Preston, T.M., Smith, Stan, Viger, R.J., Wesenberg, Katherine, and Wood, Eric, 2015, Community for Data Integration 2014 annual report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1184, 40 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151184.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researches Earth science to help address complex issues affecting society and the environment. In 2006, the USGS held the first Scientific Information Management Workshop to bring together staff from across the organization to discuss the data and information management issues affecting the integration and delivery of Earth science research and investigate the use of “communities of practice” as mechanisms to share expertise about these issues. Out of this effort emerged the Council for Data Integration, which was conceived as an official organizational function that would help guide data integration activities and formalize communities of practice into working groups; however, by 2009 it became evident that many members of the Council for Data Integration had an interest in developing data integration solutions and sharing expertise in a less formal, grassroots manner, which transformed the Council into a Community for Data Integration (CDI). As of 2014, the CDI represents a dynamic community of practice focused on advancing science data and information management and integration capabilities across the USGS and the CDI community.
The CDI fosters an environment for collaboration and sharing by bringing together expertise from external partners and representatives across the USGS who are involved in research, data management, and information technology. Membership is voluntary and open to USGS employees and other individuals and organizations willing to contribute to the community (if interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org). The purpose of the CDI is to do the following:
• advance understanding of Earth systems through enhanced use of data and information including associated tools and techniques,
• provide a forum for people doing work with data integration to come together to share ideas and learn new skills and techniques, and
• grow overall USGS capabilities with data and information by increasing visibility of the work of many people throughout the USGS and the CDI community.
To achieve these goals, the CDI operates within four applied areas: monthly forums, annual workshop/webinar series, working groups, and projects. The monthly forums, also known as the Opportunity/Challenge of the Month, provide an open dialogue to share and learn about data integration efforts or to present problems that invite the community to offer solutions, advice, and support. Since 2010, the CDI has also sponsored annual workshops/webinar series to encourage the exchange of ideas, sharing of activities, presentations of current projects, and networking among members. Stemming from common interests, the working groups are focused on efforts to address data management and technical challenges including the development of standards and tools, improving interoperability and information infrastructure, and data preservation within USGS and its partners. The growing support for the activities of the working groups led to the CDI’s first formal request for proposals (RFP) process in 2013 to fund projects that produced tangible products. As of 2014, the CDI continues to hold an annual RFP that creates data management tools and practices, collaboration tools, and training in support of data integration and delivery.