The Texas Water Journal published the first program review in the Volume 10, Number 1, 2019 issue titled “An Internet for Water: Connecting Texas Water Data” by Dr. Rudolph A. Rosen, Sam Marie Hermitte, Dr. Suzanne Pierce, Sarah Richards, Dr. Susan V. Roberts and includes an editor’s note by Dr. Robert E. Mace.
This program review is a summary of the discussion at The Connecting Texas Water Data Workshop, which brought together experts representative of Texas’ water sectors. According to the abstract, these experts identified critical water data needs and discussed the design of a data system that facilitates access to and the use of public water data in Texas. They described desires for future water data management, access practices and key attributes of a comprehensive, open access, public water data information system. Then, steps were outlined to include a subset of workshop participants meeting regularly to further define the goals of a Texas public water data hub, develop a strawman of the hub’s structure, characterize several use cases and facilitate development of pilot projects that demonstrate the value of connected public water data for improved decision-making.
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