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Alex Joseph's WEHUB University of Lethbridge presentation on September 2, 2010

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  • 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.
  • More recently, the web has transformed from being less oneway and static, to a two-way sharing network where we are all not just consumers but now can easily be producers.The world's store of digital content is now the equivalent of one full top-of-the-range iPod for every two people on the planet, following the explosion of social networking sites, internet-enabled mobile phones and government surveillance. - guardian.co.uk, Monday 18 May 2009
  • And this has allowed us as a species to produce more data and information since Obama took his presendency than all previous history combined.

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  • 1. Water and Environmental Hub since 26.04.2010 Alex Joseph Executive Director University of Lethbridge September 2, 2010
  • 2. Problem or Opportunity?
  • 3. STORE 32000 YRS MOVE 5000 YRS AMASS 20 YRSDISTRIBUTE 1994 PRODUCE 2008
  • 4. 32000 YRS5000 YRS20 YRS199420082010
  • 5. If there’s all this data out there...Why do I and my students spend 50-75% of time trying to find it?|
  • 6. The Problem Until Now• Data is exploding• Data sets are large• Data has been hard to move around• Data is precious• Ironically data is our first and last thought...
  • 7. "Access to and sharing of water and land use information and knowledge remains one of themost significant challenges to the development of responsible management policies and plans"- University of Lethbridge President and Vice- chancellor Dr. Bill Cade
  • 8. Google Apps AB EnvIP3/WC2N UNGEMS
  • 9. VisionTo become the open source, web platform that connects water and environmental data with the tools and people needed to advance water research, integrated management, innovation, and economic diversification.
  • 10. We will try to do to water data and informationWhat Google has done to text, images, video... volume – accessibility – mashups - customization
  • 11. if <this> data explosion web 2.0 + open data high speed networks cloud computing </this> IS TRUE for WATERthen {benefit} = > data open and accessible online < time and $ spent in acquisition > eresearch, innovation, economic diversification
  • 12. AppsWEHUBMediatorsData IP3/WC2N UNGEMS GIN ...
  • 13. Approach• Distributed: data stays with owners• Scalable: exists in the cloud• Seamless: acts as one virtual database• Multi-access: multiple portals, tools• Standards-based: use nat’l & int’l standards e.g. Groundwater ML (GWML) WaterML GeoSciML
  • 14. Integrated Management Industry Energy Agriculture Integrated Apps Policy General Government PublicCitizenScience Civic Innovation Users Economic Environment WPACs eResearch NGOs Academia Economic Environment Flood/Drought Repository
  • 15. Who
  • 16. INITIAL FUNDINGScanning • Q2 2010 Development • Q3 2010 Public Launch • Q3 2011 Feedback & • Q3 2011 Refinement
  • 17. Alex JosephExecutive Director - Water and Environmental HubCybera Inc.Direct: (403) 826-3915Email: alex.joseph@cybera.cahttp://www.cybera.ca/project/water-and-environmental-hub