Water Data Management: Planning & Sharing

What: Collaborative Monitoring Initiative (CMI) Webinar

Date: January 18th, 2022

Time: 9:30 to 10:30am PT

Where: online

Cost: free

Join us January 18th, 2022 for the second Collaborative Monitoring Initiative (CMI) webinar on water data management. This webinar will focus on planning and sharing.

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Nikki Kroetsch (Community Engagement Coordinator, DFO Pacific Science Enterprise Centre) will present on her new guidebook and templateImproving Environmental Monitoring Collaborations Through Co-development of Data Management Plans.

Lindsay Day (Program Manager, DataStream) and Mary Kruk (Water Data Specialist) will present on the new Pacific DataStream that the Gordon Foundation would like to initiate in B.C. and the Yukon.

Nikki will highlight some of the lessons learned from her master’s research; in particular, how collaborating with others and working together to create a data management plan can help alleviate many of the challenges stewardship groups and their collaborators currently face with regards to environmental monitoring. Nikki hopes that her presentation, and the guidebook and template she created as part of her master’s project, will help stewardship groups and government agencies work together more efficiently and effectively, with the ultimate goal of having stewardship groups contribute meaningfully to resource management and decision-making by helping reduce data gaps currently experienced by resource management agencies.

Lindsay and Mary will introduce their aspirations for the new Pacific DataStream for B.C. and the Yukon. DataStream is Canada’s leading open access platform for sharing water quality data, developed by the Gordon Foundation and delivered in collaboration with regional monitoring networks. DataStream currently operates in four hub regions with the vision of becoming a pan-Canadian platform. Scoping work has just begun for a Pacific DataStream hub. By sharing data on DataStream, community science and watershed groups, Indigenous Nations, academic researchers, and governments at all levels broaden the audience and impact of their work. This presentation will outline the scientifically robust and digitally secure DataStream platform, including the map-based search, data visualization tools, and its focus on data access, storage, and interoperability.

Presentations will be followed by participant questions and views on community-based water monitoring data management.

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The Collaborative Monitoring Initiative (CMI) is a partnership between the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, and the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative and Watersheds BC, both of which are projects of MakeWay.

It aims to improve outcomes for B.C. watersheds by connecting environmental monitoring initiatives and data management programs to support science and inform decision-making. It provides direct support to Indigenous and non-Indigenous regional collaborative initiatives and creates a community of practice for collaborative water monitoring in B.C. CMI learns from regional monitoring groups to inform and scale up a provincial program which ensures vertical integration and alignment between regional, provincial and federal initiatives.