D Blodgett Statement

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As a hydro-informatics specialist that focuses on web architectures and technologies for data sharing to serve integrated environmental modeling, I am keenly aware of the need for interoperability in our shared IT systems. My education is in environmental fluid mechanics, hydrology, geography, and civil engineering. For the last 9 years, I've been working to support national-scale integrated hydrologic modeling and related data integration and sharing systems at the U.S Geological Survey. Among other community activities I serve as a co-chair of the OGC/WMO Hydrology Domain Working Group, lead of an OGC standards working group on surface hydrology features, and lead an OGC interoperability experiment focused on using linked data technologies to link feature and observations.

As the IT&I chair, I look forward to continuing the IT&I Tech Dive Webinar Series series. Some themes I have in mind for the series are:

  • adoption of linked data technologies that work with existing systems and services,
  • interoperability solutions that leverage existing mass-market technologies,
  • scalable and reproducible workflows that depend on public domain systems and services,
  • and approaches to big or massive data that work for regional to global scale but are also useful and not overly burdensome for local-scale work.
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