This project had now finished. The final report, which summarises the project and provides recommendations for framework implementation, can be downloaded . The executive summary of the report is included in the home page of this wiki.

Thank you to all those who contributed to workshops, and to all in the project team.

This project has laid a good foundation for ongoing work in interoperability in New Zealand, and we hope to be able to continue work in this area in the future.

Webinar held

On 04 April 2013 the FIFM project team held a webinar to provide an update the project including demonstrating the OMS3 framework under on-going development by the US Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University, results of preliminary testing of OMS3 in a New Zealand context, and discussion of where to from here with the current project and model interoperability in general in New Zealand.

The webinar was attended by 27 particpants from 15 organisations. Follow-up technical webinars are planned.

Presentations and a recording of the webinar can be accessed on this page.


FIFM Webinar Agenda

Framework trialling and demonstration workshop

When: 9-12:30, 4 April 2013

Where: Webinar

NIWA, Landcare Research, and AgResearch have been trialling a framework called OMS3, which was developed by the USGS and was selected for trialling in the Framework for Interoperable Freshwater Models (IFM) research project.

We invite you to take part in a half-day web-based seminar where we will review framework selection, discuss our experience with testing OMS3, have presentations from the OMS3 programme leader, Olaf David. We will also have the opportunity to discuss how this framework can meet the needs of end-users.

The goal of the IFM project is  to  allow existing mathematical models relevant to freshwater quality and quantity to work together, or interoperate by communicating with each other, to provide more complete solutions to freshwater questions. Further information on IMF is at

The workshop will be conducted as a webinar. It will be roughly divided in 2 parts, a overview section and a more detailed technical section.

The preliminary outline for the  workshop is:

Project overview: Screening evaluation of frameworks, model and data database, and interactive viewer. Reasons for trying OMS3. Strategy for trialling.
Overview of OMS3. What it tries to achieve, what it does, where it’s going, overview of some case studies.
Feedback on progress so far
Example applications in NZ
More  in-depth OMS3 technical examples
Future directions and closing.
The finalized workshop plan will be circulated at a later date along with instructions on how to participate online.

A new programme ModelVis has been developed to enable people to query the database of models and data that is contained in this wiki, and to interactively identify and visualise potential linkages between models and data sources.

The sofware can be access from this page

The report "Frameworks for Interoperable Freshwater Models: Initial Evaluation" has been completed and is available here. The report

  • provides an overview of modelling frameworks and data standards
  • reviews freshwater models and data in New Zealand and their attributes
  • introduces the ModelVis software that shows potential relationships between models and data 
  • presents the result of a literature-based evaluation and selection of existing frameworks in relation to user needs
  • proposes a plan for initial trialling of two frameworks

Further feedback and confirmation of the selected approach for trialling will soon be sought from the Steering Group and other interested parties.



Enduser Workshop Final Report Released

The final report for the Enduser Workshop that took place on 20 JUne 2011 is now available

User Needs Workshop - Final Agenda

IFM Workshop – Agenda


Date: 20 th June 2011 

Time: 9am – 4pm    

Venue: CQ Function Centre,  223 Cuba St Wellington


What we want to achieve:

  1. Define types of end users for IFM’s
  2. Understand the range of needs from these end users (and their expectations for use)
  3. Understand the potential benefits that users could get from IFM’s
  4. Understand key requirements that might impact on technical decision




9:00 am Tea and Coffee

9:30 am Introductions and Workshop Process

Setting the Scene

- Purpose of IFM project and this workshop 

- Define Common Language – provide definition for language to be used to describe key concepts

- Scales of integration

- What could an interoperable system look like?

  Case Studies

10:30 am Morning Tea

10:40 am Explore the range of uses for an interoperable framework

Defining different types of end users

Define the needs and expectations of these end users

12:30pm Lunch

1:00 pm Reporting back from groups about Needs/Expectations

Identifying potential benefits an interoperable framework

3:00 pm Afternoon Tea

3:20 pm Report back on benefits

Where to next, workshop close

4:00pm End

User Needs Workshop - Update & Survey

The workshop will be held on June 20th at the CQ Function Center 223 Cuba Street, Wellington from 9AM to 4PM.
Attendees are being asked to fill in a survey to help us prepare for and assist the running of the workshop.

A workshop is being held on 20 June 2011 to find out what the users want out of the framework. See this page  for more information

Val, Daniel and Sandy have worked on items for the templates, and Andrew has converted these to templates with instructions for use. The idea is that a page will be created for each model or template that we revew.

All ready to start populating....

Meeting notes added

Notes on meetings up to Feb 2011 have now been added under a new page Planning

The first steering group meeting is being organised for March. Availability poll is at:

Availability poll for steering group members


Welcome everyone to the first page of what I hope will be a useful and developing resource for the IFM project. The project poses some interesting technical challenges and I am greatly looking forward to our initial workshops.

For this space to work effectively everyone needs a little commitment, first to ensuring that all involved have access and knowledge of the site. NIWA staff are signed up by default, subcontractors and other organisations need to send requests to be added to the group. These requests should be emailed to Sandy or myself. [email protected].

Next, the software we are using here Atlassian Confluence is a very capable and easy to use wiki system. Anyone can create new pages or blog posts. The structure and arrangement of pages can be easily adjusted as more pages are added and the entire space or parts of it can easily be output as web pages, pdfs or MS Word documents. I recommend unfamiliar users spend a little time in the User Guide ('s+Guide).

Confluence supports the embedding of MS Office documents using {viewxls}, {viewdoc} and {viewpdf} macros. But on the whole I recommend putting your content directly into the wiki as it is easier to search and develop.

Regards Andrew