Global Water Information IG


Group details

Ilya Zaslavsky, Sylvain Grellet, Tony Boston, Matthew Fry
Secretariat Liaison: 
Kathy Fontaine
TAB Liaison: 
Larry Lannom
Case Statement: 

The proposed Global Water Information Interest Group (GWIIG) will serve as a platform leading to formation of RDA working group; as a venue for communication among RDA WGs and IGs focused on both technical eInfrastructure aspects (e.g. brokering; metadata and catalogs, dynamic data citation) and on related research domains (e.g. geosciences, agriculture, biodiversity); and as a coordination mechanism across a wide group of water information stakeholders, in particular those not previously involved in the OGC/WMO water standardization work.

Recent Activity

24 Jul 2017

GWIIG Water Data Portals Telecon

Dear All,
Thanks for adding your availability for the telecon. It will take place on July 25th ([9am New York == 6am San Diego == 2pm UK == 3 pm Paris== 11pm Canberra]). If you cannot make it on that date, but would like to contribute to this topic, please let us know.
The google doc from the last time is at

07 Jul 2017

GWIIG sessions at P10 in Montreal, and a Doodle poll on water portals/discovery

Dear All,
Our group will participate in two sessions at the P10 in Montreal. The sessions are now approved. You can see all proposed sessions at , but the schedule isn't setup yet, and the session descriptions are not yet final.
Descriptions of the two sessions are here:

16 Jun 2017

Hydrological data rescue- past examples and future demand

RDA has a very active Data Rescue Interest Group ( Data rescue, particularly of historic data to extend records back in time, is often of interest to the water community, can be hugely important for research, and there is a lot of demand out there for rescuing hydrological data that's at risk of loss.

07 Jun 2017

Upcoming Hydrology DWG workshop - continuing water portals and data citation discussion

Dear All,
See the agenda of the OGC/WMO Hydrology Domain Working Group annual workshop at
and note that on Thursday June 22nd , 1:30 - 2:30pm Eastern, we'll be discussing GWIIG issues, in particular the water data portals and dynamic data citation.

07 Jun 2017

Re: [globalwaterinformation] Vocabularies for water data

Hi all,
We have several ´data structures and vocabs´ within the French water information system both for Features and parameters (chemical, bio, ....).
Mapping those to international ontologies is in the radar
I ˆd too be interested in such telco
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Le 7 juin 2017 à 09:57, "Matthew Fry" <***@***.***> a écrit :
We use a simple ontology / set of vocabularies for data from our analytical chemistry labs:

07 Jun 2017

Vocabularies for water data

Hi Harald,
Sorry for the delay (travel). Nice collection of water-related ontologies. Additional relevant vocabularies/ontologies would be CSDMS names, CF, Hy-Features. You may be also interested in the Cinergi ontology (see it combines several ontologies, and tries to reconcile them for automatic metadata enhancement using a few special annotation properties (cinergiParent, cinergiFacet, cinergiPreferredLabel).

24 May 2017

Water Data Portals v2

Dear all, I have made some updates to the Word document "Water Data Portals" and have uploaded it as a file under the OSF project "Water Data Portals" ( This is a "public" project so you should be able to access it.
Version 2 contains some additional data portals. Note that some of the data portals that Philippe had added to his Google Docs version were already on the list but under a different "name".

22 May 2017

OGC Environmental Linked Features Interoperability Experiment starting this week

Dear all,

An Interoperability Experiment is about to start under the OGC umbrella which might be of interest to that list and also, to a broader scope, to any RDA group linked to the monitoring of the environment.

The kick-off in on May 25th. Raising your interest via will help you join the group (even after 25th)

The Environmental Linked Feature Interoperability Experiment (ELFIE) is targetting the following objectives