Connecting Texas Water Data Workshop
Texas’ public and private companies, organizations, and agencies have collected water data for different purposes and at different scales for many years. These data are scattered across multiple platforms with different standards, often making important data sets inaccessible or incompatible. This leaves Texas’ decision makers, industries, landowners, and communities with significant amounts of data of limited use to support real-time decision making, development of opportunities for water security, or for modeling an accurate picture of Texas’ water future. To be useful in decision-making, water data must not only be open and transparent, but presented in a way that is relevant to the needs of decision makers.
A water data system for Texas that supports access to an accurate accounting of supply, quality, and use of water will better support decision makers in their efforts to enhance sustainable water use. Improved access to and standardization and integration of data, will provide water managers and decision makers a better basis for data-driven decision making enabling them to more confidently meet urban, agricultural, ecological and industrial needs for water.
Our goal is to engage workshop participants – all leading Texas water stakeholders – in the identification of critical data needs and in the design of a data system that facilitates access to and use of water data in Texas.
Objectives for the workshop include the following:
- Big Picture: To identify, describe, and list 1) who needs, 2) what data, 3) in what form, 4) to inform what decisions about water in Texas, including water supply, water quality, and environmental resources.
- Data Gaps & Access: To define the desired future water data management and access in Texas, by listing key attributes of a comprehensive open access water data information system capable of informing comprehensive water management decisions.
- Texas Use Cases: To initiate development of use cases for Texas water by identifying critical needs of Texas data providers and consumers. Following a template, facilitators will lead workshop participants in developing draft use cases across water topics and objectives.
- Springboard to the Future: Speed-list ideas on next steps to further define, design, and build a water data system for Texas.