Water and Environmental Hub - MP Michell Rempel at University of Lethbridge - Aug 22 2011

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Presentation for MP Michelle Rempel at University of Lethbridge, Aug 22 2011. 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.
  • 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.
  • Env Canada – Network of Networks
  • SOA – Service Oriented Architecture
  • Combining data from 2 or more sources
  • Water and Environmental Hub - MP Michell Rempel at University of Lethbridge - Aug 22 2011

    1. 1. .ca beta launched July 1st open Executive platform web Director Alex Joseph open water data Water and Environmental Hub Cybera Inc. apps through API alex.joseph@cybera.ca 403-826-3915 A not-for-profit project funded by Western EconomicDiversification Canada, Cybera Inc. and University of Lethbridge. Led by University of Lethbridge, Cybera Inc., and Alberta WaterPortal.
    2. 2. World Water Day, March 22, 2010"The international theme for World Water Day 2010 focuses on the importance of water quality. Here at home, the Government of Canada also sees water quality as a critical issue," said Minister Prentice. "By partnering with these universities on world class science, we are working to preserve Canadas water quality for today and future generations.“"The Government of Canada is working to support innovative and knowledge- based research to find new products, technologies or services that address environmental sustainability issues such as water quality and water quantity," said Western Economic Diversification Minister Yelich. "Through investments in technology commercialization, we are preparing our economy for future growth and long-term prosperity."
    3. 3. DATA DATAProducers Users Web Platform for Discovery & Accessibility of Water Data
    4. 4. More Data Accessibility More Engagement GOVERNMENT ACADEMIC NGO INDUSTRY CITIZENSEnabling Government, Academia, Industry, NGOs, and the wider community
    5. 5. 2/3NSF says “maybe 80-90%” Phone Dave for data | Subject: Out of Office Auto Reply – on vacation… 2043 MB – Download Full Dataset
    6. 6. “…wouldn’t it be amazing to haveone (web) platform for climate and hydrometric data” – J. Allen (SFU) @ CWRA2011
    7. 7. “…the arrival of Web Services Hubs”– David Maidment (CUAHSI) @ CWRA2011
    8. 8. problem with water data• Local - majority of water data is stored on paper, local computers, controlled organizational databases -> stranded by storage medium• Opaque - most of what is available is only in downloadable format -> all or nothing• Fragmented – other data is available in small piece by painful piece -> death by a thousand clicks• Custom Format - most are not standardized -> custom structures• Human Required - virtually none are available as an API -> requires human intervention in time and $
    9. 9. the dream• All water data is available through web services - including historical, new data can be found and catalogued automatically• (at least) One great node where one can efficiently search and discover water data• Distinct pieces of datasets can be accessed on request• Data can be converted/transformed on the fly into multiple formats• User can easily mash together water datasets• Users have access to great tools and can custom build tools• Users can integrate water data with other types of data from other sources through RESTful API into custom applications
    10. 10. Water and Environmental Hub• Makes more water data available• Makes it searchable under one roof• Makes it distributable/transferrable to others• Leverages the work of the AB WaterPortal• Significantly lowers cost (time and resources) of working with water data
    11. 11. 3 Deliverables• Open Web Platform• Open Water and Environmental Data• Apps through (RESTful) API
    12. 12. GOOGLE? Network of DATAONE? “Networks of Networks” WATER ENVIRONMENTAL HUB GRDC UNGEMS NRCAN GROUNDWATER INFO NETWORKSTATS CAN ENV CAN NRCAN USGS NOAA DEE BC MOE AB ENV AB SRD ON MOE MN DOENATURE ALBERTA LAKE WINNIPEG DATA PORTAL GREAT LAKES eBIR VANCOUVER CALGARY EDMONTON WINNIPEG LOND SUNCOR WOOD BUFFALO ENV ASSOC RAMP ABMI CITIZEN SCIENTISTS PUBLICAIR SENSORS WATER SENSORS PIPELINE SE
    13. 13. VIEWERS, WIDGETS, APPSService Oriented Architecture VIEWER CACHE API APPLICATION LAYER SOCIAL CATALOGUE TRANSLATOR NETWORK SYSTEM DATA LAYER EXTERNAL DATA INTERNAL DATA
    14. 14. TRANSLATOR CATALOG WEB SERVICESWEHUB META DATA WMS WFS OBS DATA WaterML GroundwaterML Sensor Obs Service HYDAT Custom
    15. 15. A great platform with no data is…As the Water and Environmental Hublaunches the cup is onlyhalf full…
    16. 16. The Mashup
    17. 17. .ca beta launched July 1st Alex Joseph Executive DirectorWater and Environmental Hub Cybera Inc. alex.joseph@cybera.ca 403-826-3915 .ca .ca

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