The Internet of Water seeks to accelerate efforts to make public data more discoverable, accessible, and usable. One starting point is to understand what publicly collected water data already exists.

This requires an inventory.


What are FAIR data standards?

FAIR represents data that are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. The Internet of Water’s Inventory Tool helps public data providers understand how to make their data FAIR.

Inventory of Federal and State Water Data

This white paper on building a data inventory describes the rationale and methods behind the data inventory. Additionally, it provides a detailed description of the openness score and it’s components.

Inventory Tool

The IoW is inventorying federal and state governments to understand what water data are currently collected and how those data are discovered, accessed, and made usable.

Build Your Own Inventory

The inventory is based on an outsider’s perspective of FAIRness (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). The scores generated are solely based aroudn data openness and do not take into consideration that these data platforms were rarely designed to be FAIR.  Often platforms are designed to meet the needs of a specific community and may be meeting those needs well.  The results from this inventory form the baseline for developing best practices and resources to help make water data more FAIR.

Data Inventories in Progress

This inventory provides an assessment of how discoverable, accessible, and usable a platform is for providing water data. The inventory began with the federal government, as well as four state governments: California, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Texas. The inventory will continue to grow and we provide resources for local or state governments to assess the FAIRness of their own platforms.