Kaveh Madani, who Tweets and created SISWEBS (Scientific Information Syndication WEBsite, which includes WaterSISWEB) and Daene McKinney have asked me to post this. They have designed a short survey about data whose results will be reported at the upcoming Sixth World Water Forum.
We would like to bring your attention to a session that EWRI-ASCE is organizing in collaboration with the UN World Water Assessment Program for the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille (March 12-18, 2012). The session is being organized to discuss the Forum Condition for Success 3 Enabling Environments - Target 6:
“By 2020, set up a global mechanism to measure, monitor and share scientific and social data (on resources, access, treatment, cooperation, regulation, performance, footprints, financial flows…) at various levels and provide best practices and solutions to better inform policy making”
The organized session will include a panel discussion among data producers, data synthesizers/deliverers and data users to try to come up with a consensus on the global sharing mechanism.
We understand that everything needed by policy makers may not be available and all offered by the data holders may not be needed. Therefore, a consensus should be developed on what is needed and available right now and what is needed and can/must be made available in the long run and how it can be gathered and delivered. To develop such a consensus we first need to find out what the policy makers ideally need, what the data holders/producers can provide, and what tools can deliver it.
We are kindly asking you to participate in this 7-minute survey to help us understand the capabilities and shortcomings of our community, so that we can develop appropriate and effective solutions to meet the global/local information needs of the water sector and to make informed policy decisions that makes the world a better place for us and our next generations.
Please feel forward this email to anyone who can provide input. We appreciate your time and help.
Enjoy, and please devote a little bit of your time to this.
"Survey says!" - Richard Dawson (shown above), original host of the TV game show Family Feud