The Water Information and Data Subcommittee (WIDS)

About WIDS

The Water Information and Data Subcommittee (WIDS) provides a forum for WSWC members to learn, share, and exchange ideas specific to water information and data management.

WIDS is one of WSWC’s subcommittees, composed of our member agencies’ IT and program staff, who specialize in water data topics and hands-on water data management.  WIDS members are listed here

The primary purpose of WIDS is to advise the WSWC Executive Committee and oversee and direct present and future WSWC data-related efforts, including the Water Data Exchange (WaDE). WIDS serves as a forum for addressing basic water data issues, data-sharing, data best management practices, quality control, publication, etc.

    WIDS members are gathered from member states and federal agencies who have expressed an interest in working on data topics. The group meets via conference call and webinar three times a year, and also may meet at WSWC council meetings on an ad-hoc basis .To submit ideas for WIDS, a WIMS, or to request more information, please contact  Adel Abdallah, the WaDE Program Manager

    WIDS Goals

    • Serve as a forum for members to organize and discuss basic water data issues, data-sharing, best management practices, quality control, publication, etc.

    • Provide feedback on federal data-related initiatives. Examples include NIDIS’ Drought Early Warning Systems, USGS’ National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP), and the Open Water Data Initiative (OWDI).

    • Develop and host WSWC Water Information Management Systems (WIMS) Workshops or Symposium, bringing together staff from our member agencies to collaborate and share information on water data trends and innovations.

    • Assist with guidance and review of the WaDE program, especially regarding priorities and seeking program resources.

    • Work with federal agencies and others to encourage sharing of important datasets in machine-readable, interoperable, and standardized formats.

    • Assess and work to address water data gaps and challenges with our members, bringing a regional perspective to the table.

    WIDS Activities

    WaDE-Updates

    WIDS Kickoff Spring Meeting – April 2021

    Water Information and Data Subcommittee (WIDS) Kickoff Spring Meeting – April 2021 We had an amazing and historic turnout with 36 attendees representing most of our member states and partners. Thank you! Meeting Summary In this kickoff meeting, the WIDS group was...

    WaDE-Updates

    WIDS Spring Meeting – January 2019

    WIDS Spring Meeting – January 2019 WIDS 2019 Planning Mtg – January 2019 – Meeting Agenda WIDS 2019 Planning Mtg – January 2019 – Meeting Minutes Meeting Summary: The WIDS group discussed the cloud survey results and report. An update on WaDE-Phase II was given....

    WaDE-Updates

    WIDS Spring Meeting – February 2018

    WIDS Spring Meeting – February 2018 WIDS Spring Mtg – February 2018 – Meeting Agenda WIDS Spring Mtg – February 2018 – Meeting Minutes Meeting Summary: The WIDS group discussed the cloud survey results and report. The recent WIMS workshop was reviewed. A WaDE...