- What is the modelling KB
- Related software and / or KBs
- Current version
Modelling can be seen as a process (i.e. a series of actions). To develop a
structure for the knowledge base (KB), the modelling process has been
decomposed into steps (i.e.
group of associated tasks), steps into tasks (i.e. activities that
helps to achieve specific goals) and tasks into activities (i.e. what a
team member has to do to accomplish one or more goals of a task). Task and
activities can have methods (or tools) that help them to be completed.
This KB structure has been implemented in an ontology
(i.e. a database with a flexible structure and approved consistency).
Subsequently, the KB has been populated with expert knowledge for the following
domains in water management: generic, hydrodynamics,
groundwater, precipitation-runoff, flood forecasting, surface water quality,
biota (ecology), socio-economics and multi-domain knowledge (i.e. on
model coupling problems). A glossary of almost 1000 terms completes the KB.
The most important QA principles incorporated in the KB
The KB provides public interactive guidelines to facilitate dialogue
between modeller, water manager and stakeholders.
External reviews are recommended at several steps during the
Emphasis is put on validation schemes, i.e. tests of model
performance against data that have not been used for model calibration.
Uncertainties must be explicitly recognised and assessed
(qualitatively and/or quantitatively) throughout the modelling process.
The modelling KB has been
developed within the project EC funded FP5 project HarmoniQuA (Contract
no: EVK1-CT-2001-00097, Duration: 2002-2005) with the following project
- Wageningen University (NL)
- Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS (DK)
- National Technical University, NTUA (GR)
- Centre for Ecology and
- Delft Hydraulics (NL)
- Centre d'etude du Machinisme Agricole du Génie
Rural des Eaux et Foręts, CEMAGREF (F)
- Bundesanstalt für
- Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological
Institute, SMHI (S)
- Vituki (H)
- University of Dortmund – Institut für Umweltforschung, INFU
- Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, LNEC (P)
- DHI Hydroinform a.s (CZ)
- a process KB is description of a process, defined in the
KB-editor; see modelling KB or
other process KBs.
- KB-editor is a web based tool to
developing, maintaining and upgrading ontological knowledge bases
(including process knowledge bases), pre-structured in Protégé; see
- MoST can handle modelling
knowledge from the modelling KB and provides its knowledge
content as guidance for the modelling process in modelling projects; see
- ProST is the successor of MoST and can handle process
knowledge bases defined with the KB-editor and provides its knowledge
content as guidance for the defined process at hand; see
Modelling KB 3.3 (2006), i.e.
Final HarmoniQuA Version
There are three ways to
access the KB:
- Using MoST (recommended):
- Register as user
- Install MoST;
- Open MoST;
- Do not open a project but select the guideline option (is done
- Browse through the KB;
- Download the
text version of the KB; or
- Using the KB Editor,
login (after registering) and browse through the KB and add comments or go
to the glossary and add comments.
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