The School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University are advertising for a new Assistant Professor in Hydroinformatics. (A slightly different description is given in the Hydroinformatics LinkedIn group).
Interested parties could present a short presentation at the upcoming Hydroinformatics Committee meeting during the IAHR Congress in Brisbane (29 June, at 6pm).
An official call (with detailed selection criteria) will be announced in September 2011, with the approximate deadline in December and the final announcement of the successful bidder in February 2012.
With the approval of the Hydroinformatics Committee, a “Hydroinformatics vision” Working Group (WG) was created at a meeting during the Tianjin Hydroinformatics Conference (2010). The ambition of the WG was to describe the current situation based on years of experience and involvement with the hydroinformatics community and activities, to enumerate a number of future (i.e., next 10 years) developments and possibilities, as are foreseen by the WG today, to produce a point of departure for further discussions and exchanges of views and, at the same time, to propose a number of practical actions, to be implemented now, and of possible aims for the future activities.
After intensive consultation, the WG members and a number of other colleagues have produced a draft document that is now available for discussion.
I missed this, but apparently some of Delft 3D has been available as open source since January. According to Deltares,
Delft3D is a world leading 2D/3D modeling suite to investigate hydrodynamics, sediment transport and morphology and water quality for fluvial, estuarine and coastal environments.
The announcement concludes:
Please note that only Delft3D FLOW + MOR + WAVE are going open source. These modules offer unique opportunities for collaboration. For other software distributed by Deltares, there are no changes in policy.
I’m aware of some open source 2D hydraulic modelling codes, including Anuga (interesting for its mixed Python/C code and the fact that it is designed to integrate with numpy). As far as I know, though, there are no open source 1D codes available. Nor even one that is freely available and can be run “headless” (from the command line, with no GUI). I’d be interested in pointers if that’s not true.
Hydroinformatics 2012 will take place in Hamburg, 14-18 July 2012.
- Abstract submission deadline: August 1, 2011
- Acceptance of abstract: September 19, 2011
- Full paper submission: January 16, 2012
- Announcement of acceptance: March 30, 2012
- Revised paper submission: April,16 2012
The OpenWater Symposium and Workshops were organised at UNESCO-IHE in collaboration with the large EU FP7 research project Envirogrids, which has the goal to develop a grid-based infrastructure for spatially distributed environmental data from the region of the Black Sea catchment.
The symposium and the workshops were focused on sharing of experiences to support increasing interoperability of new ICT based systems, systems of systems and standards in the water domain. Several initiatives are currently being undertaken to develop open standards and interfaces under GEO, OGC, OpenMI Association and many research projects around the world. OpenWater was organised as a series of invited presentations, dedicated workshops, and oral/poster presentations.
Workshops were organised on the following topics:
- Bringing GEOSS and INSPIRE services into practice: Publish and share data and metadata using OGC services and ISO standards
- SWAT-CUP: Automatic calibration procedures for SWAT modellers
- MapWindow: Open GIS software and Environmental Modelling
- EnviroGRIDS portal: Tools for modelling and data processing in the Black Sea Basin
The OpenWater symposium addressed one key aspect that needs to be tackled with open standards and approaches, namely software interoperability (in this case interoperability of models and data) Software developed by different persons and organisations, data in different formats, different protocols for sharing these data, etc…, these are all obstacles for achieving desired interoperability. Various initiatives are currently dealing with these problems when it comes to the water domain, all aiming to achieve some sort of standardisation:
- Dynamic integration of different models using Open Modelling Interface (OpenMI) – a European initiative led primarily by partners such as Deltares, DHI, and HR Wallingford
- The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) already developed standards for sharing geospatial information, and its Hydrology Working Group is looking for ways how standards related to hydrological information can become part of OGC (it seems that the Water Markup Language – or WaterML is on its way to become one such standard for sharing time series of water observations)
- As the Internet becomes the medium for sharing such information, particularly using web services, various organisations are picking up these standards and developing such services that provide useful water-related information
It is very valuable that both open source and free software providers , together with commercial software providers are jointly participating in these initiatives, many of which were presenting their work during OpenWater.
Edited by Cameron Neylon, a new open access journal:
Open Research Computation publishes peer reviewed articles that describe the development, capacities, and uses of software designed for use by researchers. Submissions relating to software for use in any area of research are welcome as are articles dealing with algorithms, useful code snippets, as well as large applications or web services, and libraries. Open Research Computation differs from other journals with a software focus in its requirement for the software source code to be made available under an Open Source Initiative compliant license, and in its assessment of the quality of documentation and testing of the software. In addition to articles describing software Open Research Computation also welcomes submissions that review or describe developments relating to software based tools for research. These include, but are not limited to, reviews or proposals for standards, discussion of best practice in research software development, educational and support resources and tools for researchers that develop or use software based tools.
Our selection criteria don’t depend on how important the research problem is, but on the availability, documentation, and testing of the code. We expect the examples given in these papers to be reproducible, by which we mean that the software, the source code, the data, and the methodology are provided and described well enough that it is possible to reproduce those examples. By applying high standards, and by working with authors to help them reach those standards we aim to provide a venue which is both useful and prestigious.