Open Water Foundation / Learn Open Source Software

This documentation is a work in progress.

This documentation provides resources to learn how to to implement open source software projects, in particular focusing on water resources software.

This documentation has been written based on Open Water Foundation experience creating open source software projects.

This page includes the following sections:

About the Open Water Foundation

The Open Water Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit social enterprise that focuses on developing and supporting open source software and open data for water resources, so that organizations can make better decisions about water. OWF has created this documentation to educate its staff, collaborators, and clients that are interested in creating open source software.

See also other OWF learning resources.

How to Use this Documentation

The documentation is organized in order of background information, implementation resources, and specific examples of open source software for water resources.

This documentation is not intended to be a full reference for open source software but focuses on important topics to help be successful creating open source projects for water resources. The following main sections are included in this documentation:


The OWF Learn Open Source Software website content and examples are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Source Repository on GitHub

The source files for this documentation are maintained in a GitHub repository: owf-learn-open-source-software.

Release Notes

This documentation was last updated 2017-10-21. See the Release Notes in the GitHub Project.