Thank you for your comment and I am glad you see the increased access to data as beneficial. Please can you add more detail as to what you would use the data for? Learning about people’s data requirements enables us to adapt what we can offer accordingly.
You have raised some excellent questions. Open (hydrological) data is new for us and we are finding out what our IT systems can / cannot cope with as well as the cost–benefit of making the different data sets available.
We have outlined our vision for the rest of 2019 which I hope will give you a flavour of what to expect. Over the rest of 2019 our focus will remain on daily data and we intend on:
1) Increasing the number of flow sites.
2) Adding groundwater data.
3) Adding rainfall data.
We will also look into increasing the amount of instantaneous flow data available although I expect that this will still only be available at a minority of sites at the end of 2019. Stage data is something else which is under consideration although this will not be added in 2019. Spot flows and rating data are currently beyond the scope of what we are considering.
We have been working with the NRFA and they are currently accessing all the data we are publishing. You can view live (daily) data on their website although you currently cannot download it.