If we’ve learned anything from the Internet, it is that we are not likely to imagine how it will be used nor what people will find valuable and important. In the same way, it is more likely that the Internet of Water will enable innovations that are not imaginable now, hopefully toward a far more sustainable water future.
This web article sheds light on what the future may hold.
Informing the Implementation of California’s Open and Transparent Water Data Act through Research and Engagement
A lack of data and information has limited our ability to understand, let alone better manage, all aspects of our water resources. This report and case studies published in January 2018 support California’s efforts to develop modern water data systems. It argues that simply providing more data is not enough, and that generating useful and useable information hinges on the development of data systems based on end users’ needs. The report describes lessons learned from a process of stakeholder engagement focused on defining and clarifying uses of water data, and how knowledge of these uses can inform the development of water data systems.
Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability
Between May 2016 and February 2017, the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series hosted several roundtables with a select group of water experts, managers, policy makers, regulators, and representatives from the private and social sectors to focus on how to create better water data infrastructure to access and connect publicly collected and reported sources for data, beginning with quantity, quality, and use information.
This report highlights and provides a principle-based blueprint recommending a 3-step plan for how to design and launch a feasible and operable “Internet of Water.”
Three forums were held between February 2015 and November 2016, bringing together Texas water experts from business, industry, government, academia, research, and the investment community in impartially facilitated sessions to determine ways to secure Texas’ water future through accelerating growth of infrastructure, technologies, research, education, and sustainable use. The final forum focused in on data access and management, with recommendations and a suggested path forward.
This report details the findings of Texas water experts.