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SWITCH-ON: Sharing Water-related Information to Tackle Changes in the Hydrosphere - for Operational Needs

6 - Clean water and sanitation; Research Projects; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017

The project SWITCH-ON addresses water concerns to thoroughly explore and exploit the significant and currently untapped potential of open data. Water information is highly sought after by many kinds of end-users, both within government and business as well as within civil society. Water touches virtually all societal and environmental domains and the knowledge domain is largely multidisciplinary. New water information and knowledge can thus lead to more efficient use of environmental services and better handling of environmental problems, including those induced by climate and environmental change. SWITCH-ON will show the benefits achieved through the whole process chain by re-purposing (reusing under different context) open data products into more dedicated and refined water products, which have a broad impact on society. The vision is to improve public services, and to foster business opportunities and growth, by establishing new forms of water research and facilitating the development of new products and services based on principles of sharing. The SWITCH-ON objectives are to implement: 1) a new and open Water Information Service based on a spatial information platform, 2) an entirely new form of collaborative research for water related sciences, and, 3) in total, 18 new innovative products and services dedicated to specific end-users to exemplify the potential impact on innovation, growth and transparent governance of many levels and aspects in the society. The SWITCH-ON project will be one trigger in a contemporary global movement to better address environmental and societal challenges through openness and collaboration.

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