Center for Integrated Data Analytics

USGS Center for Integrated Data Analytics

Center for Integrated Data Analytics

About the Center for Integrated Data Analytics

The Center for Integrated Data Analytics (CIDA), headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin, is dedicated to the deployment of high-end information technology products to enhance data storage and access methods against natural resources datasets. CIDA partners include various other USGS entities, as well as various local, state, national, and international agencies.

The CIDA emphasizes enterprise database and software development in collaboration with USGS scientists and others to provide researchers, policy makers, and the general public access to environmental monitoring data and analytic products through web-based interactive geospatial displays and other decision support tools.

Technical Areas of Expertise

The Center for Integrated Data Analytics (CIDA) is always expanding its areas of technical expertise. Currently, CIDA has seven main areas of expertise.

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Data Warehousing, Centralization and StandardizationNEMI

Proper Data Warehousing is essential for the efficient delivery of scientific data.  Data from disparate sources needs to be properly aggregated, standardized, checked for errors, and organized for the best query performance.

The CIDA has several projects where a well-designed data warehouse is essential:

Transactional SystemsMercury Lab

Transactional systems ensure efficient and accurate data entry into the database.  A well-designed transactional database will minimize data errors and provide quality data to a data warehouse.

Current CIDA projects that utilize a transactional system for data entry include:

Spatial ApplicationsWisconsin DNR Aquatic Gap Mapper

Visual representation of data has become increasingly important.  Visualizing trends in water data can easily highlight areas of concern to the public.

The CIDA has several projects where Spatial output has increased the utility of the underlying data set:

Search CapabilitiesPublications Warehouse Search Page

Data that is of interest to the public needs to be available in such a way that users can easily find the data they are looking for.  Data that is accurate, well-indexed, and can be searched easily can be invaluable to the public.

Current Center for Integrated Data Analytics projects with publicly-searchable data sets include:

Web ServicesWater Quality Portal Screenshot

A web service is a computer-to-computer protocol that allows for the direct sharing of information.  As the quantity of data increases, efficient sharing of data becomes more critical to decision-making.

The Center for Integrated Data Analytics has developed the Water Quality Portal, which is a cooperative service sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) that integrates publicly available water quality data from the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) and the EPA STOrage and RETrieval (STORET) Data Warehouse.

HostingBlade server picture

The Center for Integrated Data Analytics has assembled a fast and solid network of databases, application servers and storage devices.  By utilizing economies of scale, CIDA can host applications on its servers for minimal overhead.

Real-time Data DispersalBeach Health Website

Data that supports human health decision-making need to be available in as close to real-time as possible.  Continuous water-monitoring equipment can send back data it collects in real time, and can be loaded into a database to be publicly available in a matter of minutes or hours.

CIDA supports the Wisconsin Beach Health project which relies heavily on real-time data collection to assist with determining advisories to be posted regarding human health related to beach water quality in Milwaukee.


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