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Presentation for Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environmental Solutions in Edmonton, AB. http://www.waterenvironmentalhub.ca

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  • Similar to when there were websites and users (Google), videos and watchers (Youtube)
  • Today we are both empowered by laptops connected to wireless high speed networks and swamped by information that that provides.For many this is a problem including organizations that collect data.However, if we could easily sort through this mess we have an opportunity.
  • Combining data from 2 or more sources
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    • 1. 01 A non-profit project funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada, Cybera Inc. and University of Lethbridge. Led by University of Lethbridge, Cybera Inc., and Alberta WaterPortal. Mike Scarth – Executive Director Alberta WaterPortal Alex Joseph – Executive Director Water and Environmental Hub October 25, 2011
    • 2. Big dataThe next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivityMobility24/7 access to data and tools (ideas @ anytime, anywhere)Transparency and SharingTransparency has emerged as a key requirement for applications,policy models and platforms relating to environmentalmeasurement and modeling.
    • 3. • Americans now absorb three times the information they did in 1960;• In 2003, a total of five exabytes of data existed. Now we generate that every two days;• The world is now creating 1,800 billion gigabytes (1.8 zettabytes) of information each year;• In 2010, more than 5 billion people, or (60% world’s population) using mobile phones - 12% smartphones growing at more than 20% year. More than 30 million networked sensor nodes are now present in the transportation, automotive, industrial, utilities, and retail sectors(growing more than 30% year) Data is becoming the new raw material of business: an economic input almost on a par with capital and labor. We will move from just recording data to modifying systems in real time: continuous improvement.
    • 4. Globally, the issues of environmental stewardship andprotection are becoming a key public concern.This is resulting in an increasing demand for more open andcollaborative sharing of environmental data and discussionfrom a whole new community of people that were notpreviously engaged.
    • 5. 1st region under water stress
    • 6. Diverse geography
    • 7. $trillions water infrastructure
    • 8. There is no “Google” for Water Data DATA DATA Producers Users 1st Web Platform for Discovery & Accessibility of Water Data
    • 9. 2/3 Phone Dave for data| Subject: Out of Office Auto Reply – on vacation… 2043 MB – Download Full Dataset
    • 10. “…wouldn’t it be amazing to haveone (web) platform for climate and hydrometric data” – J. Allen (SFU) @ CWRA2011
    • 11. Problem with Water Data• Local - majority of water data is stored on paper, local computers, controlled organizational databases -> restricted by storage medium 1• Stranded - little water data is available online, what is 0 available is piecemeal -> not web connected 1 0 0• Hidden, Dispersed - most of what is available is on many 1 1 1 different websites, often obscured within those websites -> 0 1 0 0 dispersed widely 10 1• Opaque - most of what is available is only in downloadable 1 01 0 1 format -> all or nothing 1 1 1• Custom Format - most are not standardized -> custom 0 1 0 0 structures 1 0• Human Required - virtually none are available as an API -> 1 1 requires human intervention
    • 12. The Dream• All water data is available through web services - including historical, new data can be found automatically• (at least) One great node where one can efficiently search 1 and find water data one is looking for 0 1 0• Data can be converted/transformed on the fly 1 0 1 1• User can easily mash together datasets 0 1 0 0• Users have access to great tools and can custom build 1 10 1 tools 1 0 1 1 0• Users can integrate water data with other types of data 1 1 0 1 from other sources through API 0 0 1 0 1 1
    • 13. Approach• Distributed: data stays with owners• Scalable: exists in the cloud 1• Seamless: acts as one virtual database 1 0 0 0 1• 1 1 Multi-access: multiple portals, tools 0 1 0 0 10• Standards-based: use nat’l & int’l 1 1 01 1 standards 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
    • 14. • Open Cloud-based Web Platform 1• Water and Environmental Data 0 1 0• Visualization Tools (charts, graphs) 1 0 1 1• Social networking to enable commenting, flagging and 0 1 0 sharing of datasets 0 10• Develop Applications (Apps) through (RESTful) API 1 1 01 0 1 1 1 1• Makes more water data available 0 1• Makes it searchable under one roof 0 0 1 0• Makes it distributable/transferrable to others 1• Significantly lowers cost of working with water data 1
    • 15. Dissolving Boundariespolitical  commercial  institutional  data  applications 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 10 1 1 01 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
    • 16. 1 01 0 01 1 10 1 00 1011 01 0 11 1 10 10 01 0 1 1
    • 17. Handling the Data CATALOGUE WAREHOUSE NETWORK Fragmented Duplicated, Delayed Distributed, Real TimeSurface Water Quality Program(AENV)Water Survey of CanadaTransAlta Scheduled releasesTransAlta Reservoir levelsNaturalized stream flow IP3 Envprojections (daily, weekly) DRI Can?Data Access Integration ABCanadian Centre for Climate GINModeling and Analysis WC2N Env?NOAA WMS30 yr norms climate dataPRISM datasetNational Climate Data andInformation Archive NavCanAviation Weather WAREHOUSEWind SpeedRadiationPotential Evaporation mapsClimate surfaces
    • 18. CATALOG META DATA TRANSLATOR OBS DATA WEB SERVICESWEHUB WMS WFS Sensor Obs Service WaterML GroundwaterML HYDAT Custom
    • 19. 1 01 0 01 1 10 1 00 1011 01 0 11 1 10 10 01 0 1 1
    • 20. Browse data 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 10 1 1 01 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
    • 21. Metadata 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 10 1 1 01 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
    • 22. Share data 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 10 1 1 01 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
    • 23. Visualize data 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 10 1 1 01 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
    • 24. A great platform with no data is…When the Water and EnvironmentalHub launched in July the cup was onlyhalf full…
    • 25. Develop Apps with API 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 10 1 1 01 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
    • 26. Easy to search and discover Hard to find water data water data Lower cost to publish water dataExpensive to publish water data including real timeDifficult to distribute water data ~$0 distribution of water data Costly to use water data Easy to mashup and integrate water data into applications
    • 27. 01 A non-profit project funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada, Cybera Inc. and University of Lethbridge. Led by University of Lethbridge, Cybera Inc., and Alberta WaterPortal. Mike Scarth – Executive Director Alberta WaterPortal Alex Joseph – Executive Director Water and Environmental Hub October 25, 2011