California Water Data Consortium — Steering Committee Launch

California Water Data Consortium


October 22, 2020
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Virtual Participation


California Water Data Consortium — Steering Committee Launch 
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 
Time: Public Meeting: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Pacific  /  Virtual Happy Hour: 4:00 - 4:30 PM Pacific 
Location: Virtual participation 
Register to review the draft agenda, choose breakout topic(s), and receive the event Zoom link.

BIDS Research Affiliate Deb Agarwal is a member of the newly-formed steering committee of the California Water Data Consortium, which will host this online public meeting in which participants will:

  • Meet members of the Consortium’s Steering Committee, which will develop programmatic objectives for the Consortium;
  • Hear about the Consortium’s recent work and pilot projects to further advance open and transparent water data in California;
  • Learn ways to bring resources and your involvement into the Consortium; and
  • Brainstorm in small groups on specific topics to frame and launch Consortium task groups.

Background: The Open and Transparent Water Data Act (AB 1755, Dodd) called for the State to make water data available to the public via an integrated platform. To achieve the AB 1755 vision, involved state agencies, convening through the Partner Agency Team, recognized the importance of broad collaboration inside and outside of government. To help realize this goal, they supported the creation of an organization external to the State to complement and inform State AB 1755 implementation. The California Water Data Consortium is seen as a vehicle for accomplishing this objective. 

For more background on the Consortium and its work with the State’s AB 1755 Partner Agency Team, please visit the Consortium website, the AB 1755 Program website, and the Recommendations document on governance structure by ad hoc Water Data Advisory Council.


Deb Agarwal

Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Deb Agarwal is the head of the Data Science and Technology Department in the Computational Research Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Deb’s research focuses on scientific tools that enable the sharing of scientific experiments, advanced networking infrastructure to support the sharing of scientific data, data analysis support infrastructure for eco-science, and cybersecurity infrastructure to secure collaborative environments.