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CUAHSI's 2018 Spring Cyberseminar Series:

CUAHSI Water Data Services for Supporting Scientific Research and Education


Scientists are faced with many challenges throughout the research lifecycle ranging from data collection and management to collaboration and reproducible science.  These challenges are exacerbated for large studies by increased scope and complexity that results from the interdisciplinary nature of water science.  The next generation of water scientists must be comfortable using a variety of software, tools, and platforms on a daily basis to efficiently and effectively conduct their research.  The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) aims to assist scientists in these efforts by investing in community-driven cyberinfrastructure research projects.  This cyberseminar series presents efforts made by CUAHSI to alleviate the burden common of data-related tasks and is separated into three distinct seminars that collectively discuss the challenges associated with data management, collaboration, and reproducible science.  Each seminar will focus on a specific scientific use cases and will demonstrate how free and open source software can be used to overcome data-related research challenges.  Participants will learn about new technologies that can assist both academic and educational water science settings.

Dates, Speakers, and Topics:

  • April 13: Data Archiving and Dissemination Tools to Support Water Science Research | Liza Brazil, CUAHSI
  • April 20: Cloud-hosting Water Science Data for Collaborative Research | Mark Henderson, CUAHSI
  • April 27: Cyberinfrastructure to Support Water Science Education and Reproducible Science | Anthony Castronova, CUAHSI

Presentation Abstracts and Recordings

  • April 13: Liza Brazil, CUAHSI

    Data Archiving and Dissemination Tools to Support Water Science Research

    Data management is a core requirement of all NSF funded research grants and while there are many options for sustaining the life of observation data, there are also many challenges that researchers may encounter.  This seminar will discuss some common challenges and present solutions using CUAHSI tools.  Moreover, attendees will be introduced to approaches for managing archived and streaming observation data, data ownership, access control, and publication.  Discussion will center around pre-defined use cases with an emphasis on researchers that have collected data in the past, are currently collecting data, or are managing a project consisting of data from multiple sources.  Attendees can expect an introduction to a variety of software tools for managing time series datasets and are encouraged to follow along through the use case demonstrations.

    View recording here.

  • April 20: Mark Henderson, CUAHSI

    Cloud-hosting Water Science Data for Collaborative Research

    Water scientists typically interact with many different types of data throughout the life of a project.  Moreover, it’s difficult to find a single archival platform or data repository that’s efficient for research teams to manage disparate datasets.  While a variety of solutions exist, few offer the domain specificity necessary to accurately encapsulate water science data.  This seminar will discuss data management challenges and introduce CUAHSI-supported technologies for supporting collaborative data access, team building, expressive metadata, and data publication.  Discussion will be centered around pre-defined use cases with an emphasis on managing data for interdisciplinary research teams consisting of faculty and graduate students, for both research and educational applications.  Attendees can expect a detailed discussion and demonstration of the HydroShare platform for data archival and team management.

    View recording here.

  • April 27: Anthony Castronova, CUAHSI

    Cyberinfrastructure to Support Water Science Education and Reproducible Science

    Fluency in software tools, libraries, and languages is becoming an essential skill of scientists that can directly influence the effectiveness and efficiency of their work.  While graduate students often learn these skills while conducting research, these are difficult to teach undergraduate students.  This seminar will discuss CUAHSI’s investment in cyberinfrastructure to support water science research, training, and education.  Topics will range from designing educational modules and hosting workshops to hydrologic modeling and data analysis.  Participants can expect a primer on JupyterHub and the cyberinfrastructure that has been designed to support these workflows, as well as detailed demonstrations of common educational and research use cases.  Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of and the Python programming language, and are encouraged to participate in the live demonstrations. 

    View recording here.