IG Global Water Information - RDA 12th Plenary meeting

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Meeting title
Open working session of the Global Water Information Interest Group

Collaborative session notes
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Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group

The Global Water Information Interest Group (GWIIG) enables 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) that are pertinent to water and water data. The group also provides a coordination mechanism across a wide group of water information stakeholders, in particular those not previously involved in the efforts of the active OGC/WMO Hydrology group on water data standardization. Recent and current areas of interest are: 
• Dynamic data citation in water
• Vocabularies in water, particularly for freshwater quality measurements
• Water data discovery and water data portals
• Water data rescue

Additional links


Online compilation of Water Data Portals: 

OGC Hydrology Domain Working Group wiki:

Including RDA specific resources:

Meeting objectives

The Group will use the opportunity of a plenary in Botswana to discuss access to water data in Africa, and initiatives that the GWIIG could link to to help promote its work to help with data access and data sharing in the continent. 

- Results of survey of water data portals for Africa
- Water Data and Water Data Rescue for Africa and beyond - continuation of SCIDATACON Panel Discussion, including members from Malawi, Botswana, India, US, Canada and UK

Meeting agenda

Brief resume of group activities (including previous RDA plenary meeting held jointly with OGC TC meeting) (Ilya Zaslavsky, GWIIG co-chair)

Summary of work on Water Data Portals, and extending this to survey Water Data Portals providing data for Africa (Ilaya Zaslavsky, Matt Fry, GWIIG co-chairs)

Summary of recent RDA-related data rescue meeting at the PV2018 meeting held in Harwell, UK in May 2018 (Matt Fry, GWIIG co-chair)

Panel discussion on water data access and water data rescue: summary, and continuation, of the SCIDATACON Penal Discussion on water data rescue, preservation and access (Dr Richard Crouthamel (Director of IEDRO) and/or Martin
Munkhondya (data rescue and digitization, Malawi); Steve Diggs (Co-Chair, RDA IG for Data Rescue, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, CA) and/or Pat Caldwell (NOAA, former CODATA TG member, and active in the Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS); Usha Munshi (Public Administration, New Delhi, India); Tshiamo Motshegwa (data scientist, University of Botswana), Elizabeth Griffin (NRC Canada), Matt Fry (GWIIG co-chair)


Group chair serving as contact person
Matthew Fry

Type of meeting
Working meeting