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Data and Models as Social Objects in the HydroShare System for Collaboration in the Hydrology Community and Beyond


How do you share and publish hydrologic data and models for a large collaborative project? HydroShare is a new, web-based system for sharing hydrologic data and models with specific functionality aimed at making collaboration easier. HydroShare has been developed with U.S. National Science Foundation support under the auspices of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) to support the collaboration and community cyberinfrastructure needs of the hydrology research community. Within HydroShare, we have developed new functionality for creating datasets, describing them with metadata, and sharing them with collaborators. We cast hydrologic datasets and models as “social objects” that can be shared, collaborated around, annotated, published and discovered. In addition to data and model sharing, HydroShare supports web application programs (apps) that can act on data stored in HydroShare, just as software programs on your PC act on your data locally. This can free you from some of the limitations of local computing capacity and challenges in installing and maintaining software on your own PC. HydroShare’s web-based cyberinfrastructure can take work off your desk or laptop computer and onto infrastructure or "cloud" based data and processing servers. This presentation will describe HydroShare’s collaboration functionality that enables both public and private sharing with individual users and collaborative user groups, and makes it easier for collaborators to iterate on shared datasets and models, creating multiple versions along the way, and publishing them with a permanent landing page, metadata description, and citable Digital Object Identifier (DOI) when the work is complete. This presentation will also describe the web app architecture that supports interoperability with third party servers functioning as application engines for analysis and processing of big hydrologic datasets. While developed to support the cyberinfrastructure needs of the hydrology community, the informatics infrastructure for programmatic interoperability of web resources has a generality beyond the solution of hydrology problems that will be discussed.

Presentation IN33C-03: at AGU Fall Meeting December 14, 2016

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Tarboton, D., R. Idaszak, J. S. Horsburgh, D. Ames, J. Goodall, L. Band, V. Merwade, A. Couch, R. Hooper, D. Maidment, P. Dash, M. J. Stealey, H. Yi, T. Gan, A. M. Castronova, B. Miles, Z. (. Li, M. Morsy, S. Crawley, M. Ramirez, J. Sadler, Z. Xue, C. Bandaragoda (2016). Data and Models as Social Objects in the HydroShare System for Collaboration in the Hydrology Community and Beyond, HydroShare, http://www.hydroshare.org/resource/099ae83fa8ee434a86d02b5596373ecf

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Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
David Tarboton Utah State University 4357973172
Ray Idaszak RENCI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jeffery S. Horsburgh Utah State University Utah, US (435) 797-2946
Dan Ames Brigham Young University
Jon Goodall Univeristy of Virginia
Lawrence Band UNC Chapel Hill
Venkatesh Merwade Purdue University
Alva Couch
Richard Hooper CUAHSI 3392215400 x200
David Maidment
Pabitra Dash USU 701-456-8907
Michael J. Stealey RENCI (919) 445-9653
Hong Yi RENCI at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC, US
Tian Gan
Anthony Michael Castronova Utah State University UT, US 4357970852
Brian Miles
Zhiyu (Drew) Li BYU
Mohamed Morsy University of Virginia (434) 924-7630
Shawn Crawley Brigham Young University Utah, US
Mauriel Ramirez Utah State University (435) 363-5910
Jeff Sadler
Zhaokun Xue
Christina Bandaragoda University of Washington Washington, US
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Agency Name Award Title Award Number
National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: SI2-SSI: An Interactive Software Infrastructure for Sustaining Collaborative Community Innovation in the Hydrologic Sciences ACI 1148453 and ACI-1148090


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