Aquatic Informatics logo on grey map of the USA.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has replaced its custom, in-house developed, Automated Data Processing System (ADAPS) originally designed in 1985 with the commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) AQUARIUS Time-Series software. The state of Alabama, of the USGS Lower Mississippi Water Science Center, has now officially retired the ADAPS system. This is the first in a scheduled deployment rollout of all 50 states. This is a big deal,...

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Map of the world with graphics depicting "shared value".

It is increasingly the case that when I am talking to people about what AQUARIUS software ‘should’ do, I find that there are multiple motivations for what ‘should’ means. There are many different ways that value can be perceived and product development depends on this perception. The concept of "shared value" is where companies can solve society’s problems and make profit at the same time....

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Aquatic Informatics logo on grey map of the USA.

After a very lengthy and rigorous process the USGS has selected AQUARIUS as the platform for replacement of its aging Automated Data Processing System (ADAPS). Obviously, this is very good news for Aquatic Informatics, but I would like to speak to why I believe the decision of the USGS to choose a commercial solution, rather than re-build in-house, is very good news for global hydrometry. It...

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