Supporting diverse data providers in the open water data initiative: Communicating water data quality and fitness of use

Journal of the American Water Resources Association
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Abstract

Shared, trusted, timely data are essential elements for the cooperation needed to optimize economic, ecologic, and public safety concerns related to water. The Open Water Data Initiative (OWDI) will provide a fully scalable platform that can support a wide variety of data from many diverse providers. Many of these will be larger, well-established, and trusted agencies with a history of providing well-documented, standardized, and archive-ready products. However, some potential partners may be smaller, distributed, and relatively unknown or untested as data providers. The data these partners will provide are valuable and can be used to fill in many data gaps, but can also be variable in quality or supplied in nonstandardized formats. They may also reflect the smaller partners' variable budgets and missions, be intermittent, or of unknown provenance. A challenge for the OWDI will be to convey the quality and the contextual “fitness” of data from providers other than the most trusted brands. This article reviews past and current methods for documenting data quality. Three case studies are provided that describe processes and pathways for effective data-sharing and publication initiatives. They also illustrate how partners may work together to find a metadata reporting threshold that encourages participation while maintaining high data integrity. And lastly, potential governance is proposed that may assist smaller partners with short- and long-term participation in the OWDI.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Supporting diverse data providers in the open water data initiative: Communicating water data quality and fitness of use
Series title Journal of the American Water Resources Association
DOI 10.1111/1752-1688.12406
Volume 52
Issue 4
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Arizona Water Science Center
Description 14 p.
First page 859
Last page 872
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N