Cracking “Open” Technology in Ecohydrology

  • B. Turner
  • D. J. HillEmail author
  • K. Caton
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 240)


In recent years, the adjective “open” has been applied to many aspects of scientific knowledge discovery and dissemination, including open-source software and hardware, open access journal articles, massive open online courses, and open data. Applying the term open to these entities emphasizes an intention for them to be accessible—a quality increasingly emphasized as desirable in science. This chapter explores what it means for technology to be open and how open technology is transforming the field of ecohydrology today. Starting from the concept of open science, the next section explores the open science ideals of open source, open method, open data, and open hardware and develops a consistent definition of open technology. Based on this definition, a review of open technology applications and development within the field of hydrology is presented that categorizes technology into truly open and quasi-open and discusses how this technology is enabling hydrologic research. The chapter then concludes with a discussion of the potential of open technology to advance the field of ecohydrology.



This work is supported in part by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada through grant number RGPIN 2014-06114 (Hill). Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and Environmental StudiesThompson Rivers UniversityKamloopsCanada
  2. 2.Department of Tourism ManagementThompson Rivers UniversityKamloopsCanada

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