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Hydrology: Current Research
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The Future of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Hydrology and Water Resources Management

Amos T. Kabo-bah*, Xie Yuebo and Justice Odoi
State Key Laboratories, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, Nanjing, China
Corresponding Author : Amos Kabo-bah
State Key Laboratories
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources
Hohai University, Nanjing, China
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Received April 02, 2012; Accepted July 10, 2012; Published July 13, 2012
Citation: Kabo-bah A, Yuebo X, Odoi J (2012) The Future of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Hydrology and Water Resources Management. Hydrol Current Res 3:136. doi: 10.4172/2157-7587.1000136
Copyright: © 2012 Kabo-bah A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is rapidly growing in recent times and has changed the way in which licensing costs, sharing and distributions of software programs are managed globally. To a large extent, FOSS offers the cheapest and most effective solutions for technology transfer in software programs towards researchers and students worldwide. FOSS offers software free of charge online, including source code and all the information needed to allow easy adaptability to specific user needs. The research examines the benefits of transforming proprietary, public domain and free modelling codes and software for better river management and development. In order to achieve this goal, a conceptual framework called Hydrological Software Forum (HSF) is developed. The role of the HSF to ensure effective sharing and knowledge transfer among students and researchers has also been identified. It is hope that the adoption of HSF can help bring a new revolution to the development and use of modelling codes and software for river applications.

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