An open letter to the international Water Distribution Systems Analysis (WDSA) community:
ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN OPEN SOURCE EPANET INITIATIVE
The EPANET program and source code have played invaluable roles in research and practice in the WDSA field. The undersigned supporters of the Open Source EPANET initiative acknowledge the visionary role of the US EPA in developing EPANET and placing the program and source code in the public domain.
The WDSA Standing Committee of the EWRI (Environmental and Water Resources Institute), a technical institute of the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), voted to initiate an open source project for the continued development of EPANET. This project will initially be supported by the WDSA Standing Committee and its officers, but it will be owned and managed by the wider WDSA community without affiliation to any private or public for-profit institution or company.
This open source initiative will organize the international water distribution systems analysis community, and provide for group interaction and coordinated development of the EPANET codebase. It will leverage the global network of software developers and end users to ensure that important new user interface and algorithmic features are identified, and that these features progress efficiently from prototype code to production implementations.
The project will consist of a Steering Committee, Development Committee and an open Discussion Forum. The Steering Committee will oversee and represent the project to the WDSA community, including the organization of conference sessions focused on development updates and user needs.
The Development Committee will set up the project on an open source development platform in a way that will foster a positive and meritocratic community of contributors.
The Discussion Forum will be hosted on a public platform to create a virtual community of people interested in the project. It will maintain a searchable archive of previous discussions.
The initial structures for the project have been created and are as follows:
The initial Steering Committee will consist of the EWRI WDSA Standing Committee chair and prominent members of the WDSA community from across the globe. The chair of the Development Committee will be an ad-hoc member of the Steering Committee.
The WDSA Standing Committee chair will preside over the election of office bearers at the first meeting of the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will develop and propose bylaws, receive community input and put them into action to solidify the project structure and governance. The initial Steering Committee is as follows:
- Dominic Boccelli, University of Cincinnati, USA (WDSA Committee chair)
- Zoran Kapelan, University of Exeter, UK
- Juan Saldarriaga, University of the Andes, Colombia
- Angus Simpson, University of Adelaide, Australia
- Jim Uber, University of Cincinnati, USA
- Kobus van Zyl, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Chair of the Development Committee
The initial development committee is as follows; additional members will be added from the community of code developers and contributors.
- Demetrios Eliades, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
- Sam Hatchett, CitiLogics, USA
- Elad Salomons, OptiWater, Israel
Development Platform and License
All source code, user and developer documentation, bugs and issues tracking, release planning, and other project documentation will be hosted in an open repository in the “Open Water Analytics” GitHub organization. Open Water Analytics is an open community for the exchange of information and ideas related to computing in the water and wastewater industries.
All materials in the public EPANET repository will be made freely available to the community of developers and users, and the license model eventually adopted will protect these rights.
You are invited and encouraged to participate in this project by joining the Discussion Forum at community.wateranalytics.org/category/epanet - you can register with your Twitter or GitHub credentials. If you don’t yet have a GitHub account, you can sign up at github.com. Once on the forum, please see the “Welcome” topic for more information.
If you are interested in contributing ideas and code to the open source EPANET project, then this is a good time to become familiar with the contribution model and connect to the development repository with the “Watch / Star / Fork” functions. Development will be driven by milestones set and agreed upon by community discussion on the forum and through well-documented bug reports filed through the project site.
The open source EPANET initiative has received the support and endorsement of the following people; the initiative is not affiliated with, nor officially endorsed by the USEPA. Please consider adding your endorsement in the comments of this post.
Dominic Boccelli, University of Cincinnati, USA (WDSA Committee chair)
Joby Boxall, University of Sheffield
Bruno Brunone, University of Perugia
Steve Buchberger, University of Cincinnati
Enrique Cabrera, Polytechnic University of Valencia
Mario Castro Gama, THUAS
Graeme Dandy, University of Adelaide
Jochen Deuerlein, 3S Conslut
Demetrios Eliades, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Marco Ferrante, University of Perugia
Yves Filion, Canada - Queen's Univ.
Rajesh Gupta, Visvesvaraya National Inst. Of Tech. Naspur India
Sam Hatchett, CitiLogics, USA
Doosun Kang, Kyung Hee University
Zoran Kapelan, University of Exeter, UK
Bryan Karney, University of Toronto
Yehuda Kleiner, NRC Canada
Sudhir Kshirsagar, Global Quality Cor
Lindell Ormsbee, University of Kentucky
Olivier Piller, IRSTEAN France
Raido Puust, Tallinn University of Technology
Luisa Reis, University of Sao Paulo
Lewis A. Rossman, Ph.D.
Juan Saldarriaga, University of the Andes, Colombia
Elad Salomons, OptiWater, Israel
Uri Shamir, Technion - Israel Institute of technology
Angus Simpson, University of Adelaide, Australia
Ivan Stoianov, Imperial College
Arnold Strasser, Denver Water
Ezio Todini, University of Bologna
Nemanja Trifunovic, Unesco IHE
Jim Uber, University of Cincinnati and CitiLogics, USA
Bogumil Ulanicki, University of Leicester
Tom Walski, Bentley
Kobus van Zyl, University of Cape Town, South Africa