Topical Working Groups

CI Compass forms and leads several topical working groups to discuss cyberinfrastructure challenges that span multiple Major Facilities in order to identify solutions.

These working groups include members from the interested Major Facilities, as well as additional experts when warranted. Each group defines a charter, a timeframe for operations, and the activities to be conducted. Please reach out to if interested in the open Topical Working Groups.

CI Compass topical working groups include:

Cloud Infrastructure

OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT: This working group aims to understand the current practices for Cloud Infrastructure used by Major Facilities; research alternative solutions and keep up to date with emerging cloud technologies; and develop a general set of best practices that can inform the Major Facilities and how those can be adapted for specific facilities.



OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT: This working group sets out to understand the current practices and needs of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) implementation by NSF Major Facilities, discuss current and emerging FAIR data practices and implementation, organize guest speakers regarding FAIR, and disseminate research regarding FAIR data practices and implementation.


Identity Management

This working group focuses on understanding current practice in authentication and authorization and helping to mature practice across the NSF Major Facilities. The group does this by maintaining and sharing awareness of best practices as well as current policy and technology options for implementing those practices. Through direct engagements with specific facilities, participation in the NSF Cybersecurity Summit and other events, and publishing experience papers, case studies, and other artifacts, this working group hopes to accelerate the exchange of lessons learned in Identity Management across the NSF Major Facility ecosystem.


Data Capture

This working group focuses on the multiple technology stacks required and challenges involved in data capture at the sensor front end, (pre-process data at the edge,  transport of data from sensors to central processing and archive sites, and deployment & maintenance of large scale remote sensor systems. The goal of this group is to provide demonstrators and comparisons of the multiple architectures that might be used in accomplishing the above.


Data Life Cycle & Disaster Recovery

The goal of this working group is to understand the current practices for Data Life Cycle (DLC) stages and Disaster Recovery (DR) for the NEON facility and other Major Facilities by studying the architectural elements of the CI used by LFs. With this, the group aims to develop a general set of DR requirements and policies that can inform the Major Facilities about best practices for DR and how those can be adapted for specific facilities.


Data Processing

This working group focuses on workflows and services related to the processing of data. For example, transforming raw sensor data from sensors to more specific data products.


Data Storage, Curation & Preservation

The goal of this working group is to compare and be able to consult on different data storage, curation, and preservation technologies. The group's current effort includes helping with metadata and applying schemas to data from major facilities.


Data Visualization & Dissemination

This working group focuses on understanding the access, visualization, and user interaction workflows in Major Facilities. In particular, the group is looking at how the users explore and interface with the data (e.g., via APIs) for visualization and analysis purposes. The goal is to learn best practices and provide solutions to improve the access and usability of the available data.