Sixth Water Information Summit (9-12 September 2003)
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CTA. 2003. Sixth Water Information Summit (9-12 September 2003). ICT Update Issue 12. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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by Dick de Jong and Viktor Markowski The Internet has been inundated with new gateways
by Dick de Jong and Viktor Markowski The Internet has been inundated with new gateways and portals on water over the past 18 months. Unfortunately, many of these websites serve to confuse rather than help people who are searching the Internet for water-related information. Part of the problem is the lack of focus of many of these portals. This is one of the topics of discussion at the Sixth Water Information Summit (WIS-6), to be held in Delft, the Netherlands, from 9 to 12 September 2003. Hosted by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, and co-sponsored by CTA, WIS-6 will bring together water information users and providers to discuss the status of and trends in information and knowledge sharing and innovative knowledge management in support of integrated water resources management and environmental sanitation. The Summit will also offer a key learning opportunity, in the form of a knowledge management (KM) workshop, from 15 to 17 September 2003. During this hands-on training workshop, the participants will be able to develop a concrete plan to strengthen KM activities in their organization, including strategies for improving their website, database development, documentation and connectivity. Other WIS-6 programme highlights include: • an overview of the potential of recent developments in e-learning; • a keynote session on storytelling by Dave Snowden, Director of the Cynefin Centre, IBM Global Service; • the application of web-based technologies such as content management systems to support partnerships and communities of practice; • a critical review of existing gateways and portals, and their future; • a discussion of approaches to information sharing, including gender and community perspectives. For more information on WIS-6, visit http://www.irc.nl/page.php/135 www.irc.nl/page.php/135 www.irc.nl/page.php/135 About the IRC IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (Delft, the Netherlands) encourages the sharing, promotion and use of knowledge so that governments, professionals and organizations can better support men, women and children living in poverty in developing countries to set up community-managed water and sanitation services. The Centre also assists water and sanitation resource centres in improving the quality and outreach of their services. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Dick de Jong and mailto:email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Viktor Markowski are part of the information and communication unit at IRC. What is a water portal? At IRC we define a portal as a one-stop, client-oriented website that offers visitors a broad array of interactive resources such as news, databases, discussion forums, search options, space to collaborate online and links to water-related topics. Examples of sites that come closest to achieving the full functionality of a portal include the following: The http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/world/2003/world_forum/water/ BBC Water Portal– The Water Debate is an impressive interactive site for the general public with video and audio files, expert views, fact files and water stories, that also provides fun options such as online opinion polls and a water quiz. The http://www.irc.nl IRC family of websites is a source of news and information (including advocacy & communication, publications, databases, etc) on low-cost water supply and sanitation in developing countries. The site provides a starting point for the Source Water and Sanitation News service and the InterWATER guide to more than 650 organizations associated with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. The IRC bibliographic database contains 15,000 documents, books, periodicals, videos, etc., focusing on sanitation and hygiene in developing countries. The http://www.sanicon.net Sanitation Connection offers access to reliable and up-to-date information on technologies, institutions and financing of sanitation systems around the world. Various international institutions contribute to the information base by providing and maintaining a topic of their specialization. The http://www.waterportal-americas.org Water Portal of the Americas represents a combination of a gateway and a community of practice that intends to grow into a collaborative portal. The site aims ‘to provide both an entryway (portal) to water information and to create a water information network, community, and resource that will provide qualified, trusted, and verifiable information and contacts’. http://www.watertechonline.com/news.asp WaterTechOnline is a commercial portal for the business community, offering news stories about the water and wastewater treatment industry, searchable supplier directories, industry opinion polls, new product announcements and other industry-specific information.