The Water Data Collaborative Series: Harnessing the Power of Citizen Science

04/16/2019 - 04/30/2019
All Day

Event Info

Introducing the Water Data Collaborative

The Water Data Collaborative is an affiliation of academic, governmental and non-profit institutions dedicated to harnessing the power of citizen-based water quality monitoring data. The Collaborative has two main goals:
  • Increase the adoption of best practices and technologies among water data collectors to increase contributions of water data to state regulatory programs and open-data repositories through the Internet of Water.
  • Develop and implement technology that enables shared water data to become actionable information for water restoration and protection.
The Collaborative was formed with funding from Pisces Foundation in late 2017. Since then, we have been working to develop a systematic process and set of resources that citizen monitors can use to more effectively collect, manage, and share their data in open data repositories so the data can be used to inform decisions and take action. We invite you to join the following webinar series that will highlight some of the work we have been doing for your information as well as your feedback.

This figure shows the locations of organizations, governments, and tribes that work to protect water resources. Citizen-led non-governmental organizations make up the vast majority of these organizations. Most of these organizations participate in water quality monitoring of some kind.


Building a Better Tomorrow for Community Water Science: Introducing the Work of the Water Data Collaborative and the Internet of Water

Tuesday, April 16th 1-2PM EST
Presenter: Adam Griggs, River Network
Summary of Webinar: This webinar will introduce viewers to the work of the Water Data Collaborative and the Internet of Water. These two analogous efforts are working to build better infrastructure to make water data more documented, discoverable, and useful. Learn about the tools and resources we are creating to help turn your data into useful information that guides water protection across the country.
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Monitoring Design Elements that Produce Measurable Results: How are you doing?

Thursday, April 18, 1-2:30PM EST
Presenters: Barb Horn, River Watch of Colorado and Sam Briggs, Izaak Walton League of America
Summary of Webinar: This webinar will guide you through a process, which evaluates an existing monitoring program or plans to create a program against key elements that produce measurable results. Regardless of program age, goals or data objectives, participants will learn the value of planning, how they are doing and what they need to do in addition to resources available to assist.
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Building a Bridge from Monitoring to Action: How to turn observations into actionable projects in your watershed

Tuesday, April 23, 2-3PM EST
Presenters: Jeff Allenby and Emily Wiggans, Chesapeake Conservancy
Summary of Webinar: This webinar will walk participants through how you can turn your data into informed, actionable steps to solve challenges in your watershed by combining water quality data with geospatial analysis. We will guide participants through an example analysis demonstration and show how this type of work can help address a variety of challenges monitoring programs face across the nation.
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Conquering Your Data Management Monster: Best-practices and tools for every skill-level and every budget

Tuesday, April 30, 1-2:30PM EST
Presenters: Adam Griggs, River Network, and John Dawes, Chesapeake Commons
Summary of Webinar: Data management doesn’t have to be complicated and scary. This webinar will walk participants through best practices, key elements, and helpful tools that will ensure data is structured, machine-readable, and interoperable for many different use cases. This webinar is targeted at a wide audience from novices to data experts working to ensure their data enterprise can immediately be leveraged for creating actionable information.
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