Interagency Data Stewardship/LifeCycle/Preservation Forum/TeleconNotes/2017-10-16meetingnotes

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Meeting Notes - Data Stewardship Committee - 2017-10-16 2 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. MST / 11 a.m. PT

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Attendees: Leslie Hsu, Bruce Caron, Heather Brown, Nancy Ritchey, Ruth Duerr, Rama, Matt Mayernik, Sophie Hou, Jamie Collins, Shelley Stall, Denise Hills, Justin Goldstein, Corinna Gries, Bob Downs, Philip Jones

Media from Leslie Hsu's guest presentation:


1) ESIP Program Committee update / budget request update

2) Quick reminder about nominations for ESIP leadership positions (Sophie H.)

3) Bob Downs presented briefly on events at the recent RDA meeting

  • Good session on certification of repositories
  • Also, a good session on infrastructure (repository platforms for research data)
  • Included presentations by several developers
  • Bob reported that slides will soon be posted

4) Invited Presentation: Leslie Hsu, USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI)

  • Motivating question: How do you keep momentum and carry forward knowledge and ideas generated at a meeting?
  • Recent case study: CDI Workshop
  • Have workshop every 2 years; last one this May in Denver
  • CDI is much like ESIP: Lots of remote presentations/teleconferences; wide range of experience/background in those represented
  • USGS manages but Leslie stresses not strictly a USGS organization; anyone can be a member
  • Currently active topics (focus areas) include: Data management (data life cycle), tech stack (joint w/ESIP Tech Dive), open source software development, semantic web, bioinformatics, DevOps
  • Current info can be found on the CDI Wiki:
  • At the latest CDI workshop in May:
  • Much like an ESIP meeting (sessions are suggested/introduced/chaired by those interested)
  • Theme: "Enabling Integrated Science"
  • Four areas of focus: Computing Capacity, Modeling, Data & Integration, Science Data Infrastructure
  • For each area, asked same questions:
  • Where are we now?
  • Where to we want to be?
  • How do we get there?
  • Meeting began with some keynotes, then transitioned to breakouts
  • Charge to breakouts: Return with 3-5 specific suggestions or actions that could be taken to fill the gaps in a specific area
  • Outcomes:
  • Lots of notes and suggestions
  • 40-50 separate recommendations; ~ 10 pilot projects proposed
  • Everyone did a great job of translating these notes into well-organized reports
  • The challenges:
  • Figure out which of the many recommendations/suggestions were most feasible, and which will have the greatest impact for USGS
  • Determine how best to translate roadmap into action
  • Four critical lessons learned from the experience:
  • Relate the suggestion back to the USGS CDI organizational framework and goals (a requirement)
  • Publish and share a document
  • Puts results/suggestions/ideas into the public forum (working on getting DOIs for these documents)
  • Link the ideas to funding opportunities and deadlines
  • Recruit champions for the idea/concept
  • Be vocal & advocate (Rich Signell's success with push for a mini-series on interactive reproducible notebooks is a good example)
  • Some questions/comments:
  • Sophie asked whether it has been difficult for individuals who want to be champions to get support
  • Leslie:
  • Some potential champions have a lot more time/bandwidth to devote to side projects; others do not have the concrete resources to do so
  • CDI has been working to communicate the value of these efforts up to USGS leadership and managers, in hopes of providing more opportunities for such people
  • Matt asked about the process used to determine which recommendations were most "actionable"/feasible
  • Leslie noted that the decision-making process balances potential impact with feasibility
  • Bob Downs pointed out that potential champions can be those with common goals or similar projects/interests, so that those who do not have the resources to work specifically on advocating a particular project might be able to advocate for the idea/project generally

5) Update from Rama on ISO standard development

  • Rama has been working to establish a PCCS standard through ISO
  • Effort grew out of earlier efforts at ESIP, NASA, ESA, CEOSS WGISS etc.
  • Draft standard has been released as ISO 19165 and Rama proposed extension as 19165-2
  • International effort to establish standard will take 3 years
  • Rama will be soliciting comments/feedback from the DS cluster once a more formal draft has been developed

6) ESIP winter meeting ideas

  • Deadline for session proposals is end of this month
  • Matt: Session on data risk factors: How do we identify/categorize risk factors so data managers/users can figure out which might be most applicable for their environment
  • Justin may propose a session on data visualization (if he and colleagues are not at AMS, which is happening concurrently)
  • Rama reports some possible Information Quality cluster sessions which may be of interest: A follow-up from the summer meeting; progress update for the NASA data quality working group
  • Matt asked whether it would be useful to have another cluster business meeting
  • Some attendees felt we might only need to have a single business meeting; Bruce thought summer might work best for purposes of the Federal fiscal year