Pre-Conference Workshop 2: Sunday, November 3 | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
That's So Water Meta!
All too often, decision-makers are unable to answer fundamental questions about our water systems in a timely way. Even basic questions like: How much water is there? What is its quality? How is it used (i.e., withdrawn, consumed or returned for reuse)? The data needed to answer these questions often exist. However, they are scattered across multiple platforms at different organizations (both government and non-governmental) with different standards, so that it is difficult to reuse beyond the primary purpose for which they were collected. Moreover, it is difficult and time-consuming to transform these data into information that supports decision-making at local or regional scales. To address this challenge, the nation requires a 21st-century water data infrastructure, with new technologies. We will present options for sharing data, and we will practice creating and applying metadata to maximize the potential value of shared data and ensure data are findable, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).
This workshop is free, including AWRA conference attendees and all others.
Topics and activities to be included in the 4-hour period include:
- What is data sharing and why do it? Internet of Water.
- Ways to share data: Introduction to web services and cloud services.
- Ways to document data: Introduction to CUAHSI tools for metadata creations.
- Harmonizing shared data for use: Application of metadata using examples from WaDE and CUAHSI.
- Discussion of shared experiences among participants.