Photo by Bear Guerra
Photo by Bear Guerra
In partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the State of California (acting through the State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Water Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Government Operations Agency and the California Department of Technology) is planning a Water Data Challenge to leverage information technology and available water information to support decisions around California water reliability and sustainability of resources. The challenge envisions entries to be in the form of apps, visualizations, and other tools that can help better harness data that is currently available to address issues related to California’s on-going drought. One of the aims of this event is to create products that demonstrate the use of data beyond what is currently being done.
The challenge is built on a framework for addressing our nation's water issues a framework made up of the White House's goals for drought, described in detail in the White House's March 2016 Federal Action Plan of the National Drought Resilience Partnership, and the Governor’s California Water Action Plan. The challenges identified in the California Water Action Plan are:
The California Water Data Challenge’s Charge Questions are built directly on these objectives from the Action Plan.
We will hold a virtual check-in meeting on November 10 for participants to ask questions and share initial concepts (with an in-person meeting site also available for participants in the Sacramento region). Final entries must be submitted by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on December 5, 2016, and a closing event will be held on December 9, 2016 where participants will present their entries and a panel of judges will select the Challenge winners. More details about these events (including time, location, and registration requirements) will be posted in the Important Dates tab in the coming days, so please check this site over the course of the Challenge for the latest information.
To participate in this Data Challenge, comply with the Submission Requirements and follow the Submission Instructions described below.
The Contest will accept any type of solution, including apps, websites, data visualizations or visualization tools, analyses contained in standalone documents, etc.
Please visit the event's registration page to sign up.
Participants can submit their products using whatever option from the list below is most convenient and appropriate to their product type, but all entries should be accompanied by an email as described below. Entries must be received by 5:00 pm PST on December 5, 2016. Options for submitting entry products include:
To submit your entry, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
If you have any questions about how to submit your entry, please email email@example.com
A panel of judges will evaluate the entries based on the following criteria:
The solution addresses the primary goals of the Data Challenge. It is a product that addresses the California drought. Additionally, the solution is easy to navigate and intuitive, and is inclusive of a range of audiences.
The solution makes use of multiple publically available datasets, and displays that data in a way that is easy to understand, visually appealing, and will help drive understanding of current trends as well as development of recommendations. User-friendliness, usability, and accessibility of the solution will also be considered.
The solution makes an impact and exceeds any existing internal capability that the California State Water Resources Control Boards have for analysis of data through its incorporation of creative design elements and innovative capabilities. The goal is clearly stated and unique, and there is a real-world potential to produce a breakthrough or a major change that would improve water management or lead to new insights. Sustainability of implementing the product may also be considered.
The Entrant provides recommendations for additional data elements to be collected by the Water Boards and/or identifies gaps in the data and utilizes multiple data sources and research to aid the in setting future data collection policies.
Each Entrant agrees to be legally bound by these rules and by the interpretation of these rules by the Sponsor, and further warrants and represents that their Submission: