An international partnership between Australian and US researchers could yield a national data set to improve the management of Australia’s water resource, it has been observed. The Hydrologic Information System (HIS) is the first phase of the progress of a web-based cyber-infrastructure that allows users to access the extensive range of existing data sources, and to publish new observation datasets.
Developed at the University of California’s San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), HIS is supported by a five-year grant from the US National Science Foundation. It is freely available as an open source technology.
Of the five US organisations involved in the project, SDSC is the technical partner whose role is to house project data and related services, as well as to support the deployment of HIS applications. CSIRO, the Australian Bureau of Meterology (BOM), Open Geospatial Consortium and Water Resources Observation Network have also made contributions to the project, including the development of a Google Earth mapping application for HIS services.
According to a representative of CSIRO Land and Water, the organisation is currently working with the US team and the BOM to provide field monitoring data in Queensland using HIS. The researchers are working within a one-year timeframe to further develop the project to produce a national data set for the management of water in Australia. HIS is being projected as first of its kind - a large scale, end-to-end infrastructure for publishing, discovering, accessing, and exploring hydrologic observations.
Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, May 13, 2008