Community for Data Integration (CDI)

Audience of participants sitting and listening to a presenter at a workshop session of the CDI Citizen Science Workshop in 2011.

Participants at the 2012 CDI Citizen Science Workshop shared current and future citizen science activities among the USGS and partners. Photo Credit: A. Simpson

Participate in the Community!

The Community for Data Integration (CDI) is a dynamic aggregation of multiple communities of practice. Its focus is on the goal of advancing scientific data and information management and integration capabilities across the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Since its founding in 2009, the Community has grown from 50 participants to more than 500 members. Through regular meetings, special seminars, and other events, the Community can get engaged and stay informed about activities underway within the USGS and with other organizations.


If you are a practitioner and interested in data integration or any of the Working Group topics listed below, consider becoming a CDI member. Membership is voluntary and open to USGS employees and other individuals and organizations willing to contribute to the community.

Please contact for more information about joining the CDI.

Working Groups

CDI Working Groups share ideas, leverage resources, and identify solutions to support scientists. These focused teams support data management, mobile applications development, citizen science-based research, innovative technologies, cloud computing, Semantic Web, and many other communities of practice.

Please contact for more information about joining a CDI Working Group.

Citizen Science Working Group A group committed to facilitating and enhancing connections between the USGS and the citizen science community; supporting the proper, effective, and creative use of citizen science data in the USGS; and engaging the public in USGS science to improve scientific literacy.

Connected Devices Working Group A team that explores the use of cutting edge mobile tools, frameworks, and "thingbots" to support scientists, including wearable computing devices, cellular-based tracking devices, and other mobile science support tools. This team serves as a forum for members to exchange ideas, promote coding and design best practices, and discuss technical and design issues. The group will also facilitate collaboration by promoting joint projects and working with vendors to gain insight into new technologies being developed.

Communication Working Group - A group focusing on science data communications and cross-cutting information management issues.

Data Management Working Group A team dedicated to developing mechanisms for incorporating data management into science, raising awareness of its importance and value, and promoting the elevation of the practice of data management as a critical partner in the pursuit of science.

Earth-Science Themes Working Group Driven by Earth science needs, this group engages members of thematic communities, such as water or land cover, to help develop and share methods, data, software, and conceptual models for their appropriate use within theme-specific applications, as well as for their integration in multi-theme contexts.

Semantic Web Working Group A team focused on exploring Semantic Web technologies as possible solutions for integrating and exposing related but disparate data sets.

Technology Stack Working Group A group that concerns a broadly defined and applicable set or "stack" of technology that can be used to promote the management and use of Web-based data and processing services as well as enhance interoperability between individual services to help scientists pursue more integrated science. Includes a group exploring cloud computing.

CDI Annual Request For Proposals

The CDI has provided funding support for many products and activities. Through the annual CDI proposal process, funds have been awarded for projects focusing on data integration for interdisciplinary research, innovative data management, and potentially cutting edge technology. The CDI supports new and ongoing projects that promote data integration and:

  • Focus on targeted efforts that yield near-term benefits to Earth and biological science
  • Leverage existing capabilities and data
  • Implement and demonstrate innovative solutions (e.g. methodologies, tools, or integration concepts) that could be used or replicated by others at scales from project to enterprise
  • Preserve, expose, and improve access to Earth and biological science data, models, and other outputs
  • Develop, organize, and share knowledge and best practices in data integration

Search for current and past CDI Products and Publications.

Any USGS Mission Area, Program, Center, Office or duty station and their partner(s) are encouraged to apply. However, all proposals must have a USGS employee as a principal investigator.


The CDI 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) is now completed.

Contact for more information about the request for proposal process.