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Big vs. Small - in "Select Data Sources"

Jul 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM
Edited Jul 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Yesterday we saw a talk defining the long-tail data of smaller investigator projects (sometimes hand generated or with unique procedures, heterogeneous, maybe short term) and the large data projects with more homogeneous, mechanized, uniform and maintained data.

When we open the list of all Data Sources in Hydrodesktop they are listed alphabetically.

Seems it might be helpful to parse out by big vs. small; Major Monitoring vs. Investigator Research.

And also list the state a network pertains too, or multistate or national?

idea: have a table of Data Sources sortable by any of these fields:

- name

- last date updated

- location (list the state, or region, or national)

- project class (national agency, research project, citizen science etc)

Jul 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Not sure that all this info are available at HIS Central.

Here  the list of all fields returned by HIS Central ("GetWaterOneFlowServiceInfo" call):

<Title>NWIS Daily Values</Title>
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<citation>USGS National Water Information System </citation>
<aabstract> The USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) provides access to millions of sites measuring streamflow, groundwater levels, and water quality. This web service provides methods for retrieving daily values data, such as discharge and water levels, from NWIS. For more information about NWIS, see the NWIS home page at</aabstract>
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Jul 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM

yes, I suggest we add a few fields to describe the data networks.


Jul 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM
Edited Aug 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Also add a field defining domain (biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmostphere)

This will be needed as we encode earth observational data across domains.