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TitleLinked data: connecting data using Google discoverability
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorBrodaric, BORCID logo
SourceRegional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario geoscientists open house; by Russell, H A JORCID logo; Ford, D; Priebe, E H; Holysh, S; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8363, 2018 p. 3, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingRegional-Scale Groundwater Geoscience in Southern Ontario: Open House; Guelph; CA; February 28 - March 1, 2018
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Regional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario geoscientists open house
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Subjectshydrogeology; Nature and Environment; groundwater; aquifers; surface waters; groundwater resources; water wells; resource management; Groundwater Information Network; National Hydrographic Network; National Hydrometric Network; Methodology
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience Aquifer Assessment & support to mapping
Released2018 02 16
AbstractUnderstanding surface water and groundwater interactions is crucial to integrated resource management. Obtaining relevant data is a first step, but finding and retrieving the data is challenging because the data are often scattered amongst databases maintained by different groundwater and surface water agencies, such as in Ontario. The emergence of data networks and web portals addresses this challenge partially, insofar as users can then access the data in a uniform way. However, there remain significant challenges in data discoverability and connectivity: (1) web portals are often difficult to find and use, and (2) links between different databases are absent. The latter is a major impediment to integrated resource management, due to the relative unavailability of data about relations between surface water and groundwater entities. Linked Data overcomes these challenges by describing links between entities on the web, using Semantic Web techniques, enabling the relations to be found and retrieved with web browsers and search engines. This complements existing web portals through re-use of their data access mechanisms while providing value-added information in the form of links.
Presented will be recent results from a project prototyping Linked Data for the Canadian hydro community. Water wells, aquifers, and monitoring sites from the Groundwater Information Network (Natural Resources Canada) are linked to watersheds, catchments and major water bodies from the National Hydrographic Network (Natural Resources Canada), and to stream gauges from the National Hydrometric Network (Environment and Climate Change Canada). This enables users to find and retrieve targeted information about surface water and groundwater interactions in the region. Planned future work includes expanding nationally within Canada, as well as internationally to the US to capture cross-border interactions. These early results position Linked Data as the next frontier in providing data for integrated resource management, particularly in situations where data is distributed amongst many agencies, as is the case in Ontario.
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Proceedings for a workshop in Guelph Ontario as part of the program S&T exchange. Abstracts have been contributed by Ontario Geological Survey, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Conservation Authorities, Universities, private sector, and Unites States Geological Survey.

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