Interview S. Seshan - WaterVerse unites 10 EU countries with water data sharing
“This €5.2 million project, funded by the Horizon Europe programme with the aim to develop a water data management ecosystem (WDME), is helping to make data more interoperable to connect water stakeholders for improved decision-making. This three-year collaboration uniting 10 countries across the EU aims to make water sector data management practices and resources more accessible, affordable, secure, and fair. WaterVerse connects 17 partners across 10 European countries, including research organisations, water service companies and technology providers. Its kick-off meeting was hosted by its coordinator, CERTH (Centre for Research and Technology) in Greece.
Interoperability is key. Historically, ensuring interoperability of data has proven to be a challenge, with different stakeholders protecting multiple legacy systems, often fuelled by cybersecurity concerns. “We want to prepare data in a standardised and interoperable way where it is ready to be used for certain advanced applications using artificial intelligence (AI),” said Siddharth Seshan, scientific researcher at WaterVerse’s partner, KWR Water Research Institute.”
(Citation: Interview S. Seshan – WaterVerse unites 10 EU countries with water data sharing – www.waterwastewaterasia.com (2023)16 January)