The Water Network has launched an app for Android and IPhone to access global water experts, knowledge and breaking news. With the app you can among others:
- Discover professionals with expertise of interest to you
- Meet attendees at Singapore International Water Week and other water events
- Access a global Q&A knowledge bank
- Breaking water news, filterable by category
To get started, you need to first download the app and login.
In this presentation you can see how it works.
Why bring this up here?
Though more than a repository, TheWaterChannel represents an effort that bears many similarities with what we are trying to achieve here. Among other things, it is an effort to pool together useful WASH (and other water-related) resources and make them available on an online platform accessible to all.
What does it mean?
Pooling together resources was a challenge. But the bigger challenge was to ensure that the repository is one that is accessed and used by the target group. This required active dissemination which is still ongoing. And we reckon it will need to go on for a long, long time till we achieve the level of utility and recall value as an online resource like, say, Wikipedia.
As a WaterManagement+WASH resource, dissemination would also have to mean reaching out to Water/WASH professionals working on the ground with very limited access to internet. That they can access the resources we have available is as important as (if not more important than) reaching those of us who enjoy good connectivity. Continue reading
As water is widely regarded as a public good, and there is a growing international movement to get safe drinking water and sanitation recognised as human rights, it follows that there should be free and unrestricted access to information on water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Removing access barriers to this information will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning and best practices of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, increase transparency, and make this information as useful as it can be for all those supporting safe water and sanitation for all.
In the rush towards reaching target 7C of the MDGs, a tendency emerges to concentrate on the funding of “hardware” (construction), without balancing the necessary inputs in “software” (capacity development, knowledge management). This increases the risk of ignoring the lessons learned from investment, programme failures and relevant best practices – particularly when this information is not readily available or easily accessible.
This blog will provide updates on activities and tools that support the removal of access barriers to WASH information especially through the promotion of open access and information literacy.