Bodies of Water in the U.S.
Internet of Water
What is the Internet of Water Coalition?
Building Data Infrastructure
Enabling integrated and shared water data from public agencies (state, local, and tribal governments) and NGOs by providing the essential, missing technology to make an internet of water possible.
Demonstrating the value of integrated water data through projects and products that address near-term water management problems.
Building a Sustainable Network
Building a network of water data producers, users, and decision-makers across the nation to advance the uptake of modern technologies and improve water management outcomes
Water Features: The Internet of Water Blog
Unlocking the Full Potential of Water Data: USGS and the Internet of Water
The USGS is the world’s largest provider of in situ water data and supports the backbone systems for authoritative US water data. And yet, much of the country’s core water resources data are not managed by USGS. The Center for Geospatial Solutions is helping the USGS to address this gap by developing a widely accessible, comprehensive water data commons.
Once water data is found, it is often hard to access because it is held in closed systems (like Excel spreadsheets). Once accessed, it often cannot be integrated with data in other systems, because the data are not standardized. This 2-part problem is known as “accessibility and interoperability.” An inventory of data platforms conducted by the Internet of Water identified 279 platforms across just five states and the federal government. Most of these platforms publish data in either relatively inaccessible formats unsuitable for bulk data processing, or non-standard formats that require significant transformation to be integrated with other datasets. Many more water data platforms exist across the other 45 states, as well as Tribal and local governments and community science organizations. To improve accessibility and interoperability the IoW Coalition is assisting organizations in the publication of findable, accessible, and interoperable water data through water data hubs. The IoW Coalition is advancing this strategy by offering training on water data interoperability, promoting criteria for water data hubs, and providing a free and open-source software suite designed to allow data providers to automate hub building.
How can your organization partner with the IoW?
An internet of water makes private industry more effective at data acquisition and more efficient at data processing and analytics.
Many in private industry collect large amounts of data and would welcome the ability to integrate that data with data from other sources. However, the incompatibility of data can be cost-prohibitive. The Internet of Water Coalition’s mission to support efforts to modernize water data infrastructure across the US and promote best practices enables the private industry to expand the use of their data through integration with other data. If you are in the private industry and would like to learn more about how the Internet of Water Coalition can support your work, reach out to us!
An internet of water supports and broadens the work of NGOs by making this critical data more accessible and usable to wider audiences, including other NGOs and public agencies.
NGOs and community science organizations make up an army of committed, passionate people who collect critical data about water resources. This data can help fill the gaps in many water resource management questions. The Internet of Water Coalition works directly with NGOs and community science organizations to help them better manage, integrate, and share their data. The Water Data Collaborative, a key IoW Coalition member, promotes best practices and supports the work of NGOs and community science organizations. Connect with Community Science Organizations through the Internet of Water!
An internet of water enhances utility management through better data infrastructure and data management practices to streamline reporting and provide data-driven planning, preparedness, and resilience.
Utilities are on the front line of our nation’s water challenges, working every day to deliver safe, affordable drinking water and treating wastewater for reuse. The Internet of Water Coalition works with utility partners to develop tools to make that work more effective and efficient. Tools, such as ABOUT-US, allow utilities to create and manage digital service area boundaries and overlay these boundaries on other data such as population and demographic data. ABOUT-US improves planning and preparedness for utilities and eases the process of obtaining infrastructure upgrade support. If you are part of a utility and would like to learn more about how you can partner with the Internet of Water Coalition, reach out to us!
An internet of water expands the capacity of public agencies by integrating data, improves data management and best practices with modern data infrastructure, and supports water resources management with easier and more timely access to data.
Public agencies collect and hold large amounts of data. Working with the IoW Coalition, these agencies can learn how to better structure, manage, share, and integrate their data. From the IoW Peer-to-Peer Network (P2P) to collaborative partnerships, the IoW Coalition works with public agencies to support their missions, streamline reporting requirements, and improve decision-making with data-driven solutions. If you are part of a public agency and would like to learn more about how you can partner with the Internet of Water Coalition, reach out to us!