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NSF OAC Monthly Webinar for August—Advancing the capability for collaborative discovery through data and model sharing: The HydroShare example

Updated 8/21/18: A recording of this webinar is available on YouTube

The NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) 2018 monthly webinar series continues on Thursday, August 16th at 2:00 pm EDT. The speaker will be Dr. David Tarboton, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University. Dr. Tarboton is the PI of HydroShare, a current SGCI client.

Title
Advancing the capability for collaborative discovery through data and model sharing: The HydroShare example

Abstract
This presentation will describe the development of the HydroShare (www.hydroshare.org) web-based hydrologic information system operated by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc. (CUAHSI, www.cuahsi.org). HydroShare has been developed as a domain-specific repository for the hydrologic science research community to share and publish data and models such that they are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR principles).

As software, HydroShare was developed using an open development model with contributions from developers ranging from hydrology graduate students to seasoned developers. As infrastructure, HydroShare has been developed with interoperability in mind to serve as a component in an ecosystem of interacting cyberinfrastructure elements. HydroShare is a system for advancing hydrologic science by enabling individual researchers to more easily and freely share products resulting from their research, not just the scientific publication summarizing a study, but also the data, models, and workflow scripts used to create the scientific publication. It accepts data from anybody and supports FAIR principles that help enable researchers to meet the requirements of open data management plans.

HydroShare is comprised of two sets of functionality: (1) a repository for users to share and publish data and models in a variety of formats, and (2) tools (web apps) that can act on content in HydroShare and support web-based access to compute capability. Together these serve as a platform for collaboration and computation that integrates data storage, organization, discovery, and analysis through web applications (web apps). HydroShare allows researchers to employ services beyond the desktop to make data storage and manipulation more reliable and scalable while improving their ability to collaborate and reproduce results.

Biography
David Tarboton is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University. He received a doctorate in Civil Engineering from MIT in 1989. His research focuses on advancing the capability for hydrologic prediction by developing models that take advantage of new information and process understanding enabled by new technology. He is principal investigator for the National Science Foundation project for the development of HydroShare, a collaborative environment for sharing hydrologic data and models operated by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). He has developed a number of models and software packages including the TauDEM hydrologic terrain analysis and channel network extraction package and Utah Energy Balance snowmelt model. He received the 2015 Utah State University Faculty Researcher of the year Robins award in 2015 and in 2016 the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc., Community Service Award for his work on Hydrologic Information Systems and HydroShare. He has been on the faculty at Utah State University for 28 years where he teaches Hydrology and Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources.

How To Attend
Register at this link to join the webinar on August 16th at 2:00 pm EDT:
https://nsf2.webex.com/nsf2/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec103298a4a8f6ce65ce1eecc96bfb6a9

OAC - CI Webinar Series Format 
The format for the webinar will begin with opening remarks from OAC director, Dr. Manish Parashar and a speaker introduction provided by OAC Program Director Rajiv Ramnath. Dr. Tarboton's presentation will follow, concluding with a 5-10 minute Q&A. Questions must be sent via email and will be read by the moderator at the conclusion of the presentation. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the NSF website.

OAC - CI Webinar Series Schedule 
The webinars will be on the third Thursday of each month and are open to all interested communities. The fourth webinar in this series will be on September 20th with Mr. Von Welch, National Science Foundation Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Trusted CI

Do you want to present at one of the upcoming webinars? Community members can nominate and self-nominate to present webinars. Please email AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow: Dr. Scott L. Sellars (ssellars@nsf.gov) with the nomination(s). The nomination should include the name, project title, award number, and an abstract of the presentation.

If you missed the previous two webinars, they can be viewed on YouTube


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