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American Water Resources Association Annual Conference

Sunday, November 3, 2019 to Wednesday, November 6
Salt Lake City, UT, USA


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Internet of Water staff will co-present a pre-conference technical workshop entitled "That's so Water Meta!" at the American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, in Salt Lake City, UT, November 3-6, 2019.

Objective: The objectives of this workshop are to provide participants with increased data literacy, increased understanding of cloud services, and increased understanding of and application of tools around the development of metadata related to water. This workshop will offer a short introduction to data sharing and cloud services, followed by an in-depth conversation and hands-on exercises on  water-related metadata. This workshop is a partnership among the Internet of Water (IoW), Water Data Exchange (WaDE) of the Western Water States Council, and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences (CUAHSI).

Background: 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 How is it used (i.e., withdrawn, consumed or returned for reuse)?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 much of the 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 from, and we will practice creating and applying metadata to maximize the potential value of shared data and ensure data are findable, reusable, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).

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.



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1:00pm:     Welcome and Introductions

1:15pm:    What is data sharing and why do it?: Internet of Water

  • What is data sharing?
  • Why do it?
  • What is FAIRness? Why is it important?
  • Discussion

2:00pm:    Ways to share data: Introduction to web services and cloud services (Accessible)

  • Experience and challenges with cloud usage
  • Discussion

3:00pm:    Break

3:15pm:     Harmonizing shared data for use: Application of metadata using examples from WaDE and CUAHSI (Interoperable, Reusable)

  • Introduction to CUAHSI Tools
  • Discussion
  • Water data rights use case using WaDE and CUAHSI tools

4:45pm:    Wrap up and final discussions

5:00pm:    Adjourn