Key Topics: Agriculture - Research - Education - Sensing the Environment - Citizen Science
New! Check out the newly released myObservatory Mobile 3 on the iTunes App Store or Google Play!

Introducing myObservatory

myObservatory is first and foremost an environmental information management system. Originally designed for agricultural use, it is useful with virtually any type of data. It does this by combining Geographic Information System (GIS) tools with data management and visualization tools.

The Vision
  1. Identify your area of interest (anywhere on the globe) and map those locations using GIS mapping tools for easy reference
  2. Harvest public information (such as local, regional, and even global data)
  3. Collect your own data through field observations using citizen science tools, sensors and customizable collection forms. Use the myObservatory Mobile application to tag with location information, so it shows up on your map automatically
  4. Make connections with all the information that applies to your place
  5. Ask your own questions and seek answers about the place around you
  6. Share and collaborate with others about what you learn
  7. Our data policies keep your data safe - you retain ownership of your data, and we will not allow access or pass it on to third parties without your permission
The Tools
  1. Web-based data entry, analysis, display, management, sharing, and reporting
  2. Multi-stakeholder differentiated access control
  3. GIS capabilities built on top of proven open-source software
  4. Seamless desktop-smartphone connectivity
  5. Data visualization and analysis tools
  6. Customized suite of science modules (e.g., data interpolation, contouring, flow vector computation, etc.)
  7. Automated custom quality assurance and data curation
  8. Complete, continuous monitoring solutions available via sensor hardware connectivity (e.g., Arduino communicating to API)
  9. Linked to external public data providers (i.e., federal and state agency WMS servers) providing access to outside data

myObservatory is used in university ecology curriculum. Independent researchers use myObservatory as a scalable cyber-infrastructure for their research. It is used by farmers to track information about livestock grazing and land responses to innovative land practices. In short, myObservatory provides the framework and structure to enable a method of investigation into your place of interest, suitable for use in both private and public sectors, both small and large. myObservatory helps you observe and learn about the place that means the most to you: your place.

What Next?

There are two possible paths: sign up for a trial of a single project account, or find out more about our enterprise solutions for advanced customization or multiple projects.

  • One central project
  • Multiple users
  • Quick start
  • Access to all client tools
  • Upgradeable to Enterprise Solution
  • Multiple independent projects or subprojects
  • Customizable interface branding
  • Customizable guided help and announcements tools
  • Possible to resell to your own clients
  • Advanced custom module development services available
Single-Project Plans
Enterprise Solutions

Featured Projects

Click to learn more about our featured projects. Contact us to see how we can help you!
LNEC ProjectRivers Portugal

Crowdsourcing; Rivers & Riparian Ecology

Innisfree Observatory

Cattle & Livestock; Experimental Land Management

Natuf Aquifer - Birzeit University

Aquifer Management; Vulnerability; Contaminants

James Madison University

Facilitating data management in a classroom and lab setting

Our Users & Their Thoughts


Experimental methodology and data is rigorously recorded using the myObservatory data management system to enable sharing of findings with collaborators that include land managers, scientists, and policy makers.


Data is collected using mobile-optimized web sites and a native iOS application, feeding directly into myObservatory where data can be viewed on a map and analyzed in further detail, making it easy to locate problem areas or areas needing remediation.


myObservatory gives us a place to store our data, so it doesn't get lost after our graduate students move on and take USB sticks with them. Safe long-term storage lets us sleep well at night.

Latest News

  • April 5, 2017

    myObservatory was featured in the Open Water Journal article titled myObservatory - An Information Management System for Supporting Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (PDF Link).

  • April 9, 2016

    The new myObservatory Mobile 3 mobile application is now available on the App Store! Check it out here!

  • April 7, 2016

    We are delignted to announce that Germany's National Environmental Lab (UFZ) is now on board with myObservatory!

  • March 9, 2016

    myObservatory was featured in Green Apps & Web, who wrote a nice review about us. Check it out here: Data Acquisition with myObservatory

  • December 9, 2015

    myObservatory was featured in Discover Magazine: Putting Your Data to Work With myObservatory

  • November 11, 2015

    The European Geosciences Union (EGU) awarded Professor Yoram Rubin, founder of WebH2O LLC., the 2016 Henry Darcy Medal for his outstanding scientific contributions in water resources research and water resources engineering and management.

  • August 17, 2015 - mO Mobile 2 Available

    The sequel to our 2014 "Collect Data" mobile application is now available for early testing. This update adds additional capabilities to iPhone and iPad, and also brings offline data collection to Android as well. Get it here: Apple App Store - Google Play Store

  • July 2, 2015 - mO Featured in Berkeley Newsletter

    myObservatory was featured in the article Community-based environmental management in the West Bank in the Civil and Environmental Engineering newsletter of University of California, Berkeley. See the newsletter here!

  • May 29, 2015 - mo4Rivers Won First Place

    Competition Igeo - Creative Minds - mo4Rivers, an app developed through the iGEO- Creative Minds program and promoted by the General Directorate of Territory (DGT) and the Luso American Foundation for Development (FLAD), won first place out of 20 candidates! mo4Rivers was developed in association with Eng. Nuno Charneca, WebH2O LLC, and the Portuguese Association of Environmental Education (ASPEA).
    The public awards ceremony took place on May 29, 2015, integrated in the INSPIRE Conference Geospatial World Forum 2015 and was chaired by the Secretary of State for Regional Planning and Nature Conservation, Dr. Miguel Castro Neto. Check out the award certificate!

  • May 29, 2015 - Featured in Geospatial World Forum Workshop

    myObservatory will be featured in a workshop at the Geospatial World Forum! More information...

  • June 11, 2014 - App Store Photo App Published

    Our new Data Collection application for iPhone and iPad is now published to the Apple App Store! This data collection application will allow you to easily and quickly collect photos in the field, with or without an internet connection. More data collection tools will be coming soon! Visit the App Store to download the free app.

  • May 30, 2014 - CUAHSI Compatibility

    myObservatory has just been certified as being a CUAHSI-compatible data management tool, meaning that it can publish collected data via the WaterOneFlow / WaterML HIS services. Learn more about CUAHSI here.

  • Jan 24, 2014 - Sensing the Environment

    We've added a new page about sensing the environment with myObservatory, complete with designs and code for custom Arduino sensors.

  • Jan 3, 2014 - New Data Loggers

    We have been developing custom data loggers and sensors integrated into myObservatory, with good initial results. Stay tuned for more!

  • Oct 18, 2013 - New Website Design

    Our new product information web site has been launched! Now visitors can learn about myObservatory and its capabilities more easily.

  • Oct 6, 2013 - myObservatory Launched

    We're proud to announce the release of myObservatory to the public after an extensive beta testing period. Sign up today!

  • Oct 1, 2013 - New Background Data

    New map background data has been made available, including a US Drought Map, USGS Digital Raster Graphics (DRGs), and others.