A note from the CH2M HILL Access Water team: This past week at the International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition there was a lot of great networking, sharing of best practices and knowledge, and enthusiasm and determination to collaborate in the spirit of improving water quality and water resource management for all people in all parts of our world. In that same spirit, we invite you to continue to expand and grow your network of water resources and partners beyond the conference floor by continuing to engage here at Access Water and by exploring and participating in the recently launched IWA WaterWiki. Our guest blogger, Victoria Beddow, IWA WaterWiki Community Manager, shares more about the benefits and features of the WaterWiki and how you can get involved.

By Victoria Beddow, IWA WaterWiki Community Manager

The WaterWiki (www.iwawaterwiki.org), a new website providing a place to interact and share knowledge online, has been launched by IWA for the global water community. The WaterWiki is a freely accessible online information resource that is growing rapidly into an invaluable reference for water professionals. It also provides networking features enabling you to discuss your work and interact with colleagues and peers around the world.

What is the WaterWiki?

The WaterWiki is more than an encyclopedia. IWA is building a community of practice on the website that will make it a crucial online destination for both researchers and practitioners currently working in the water, wastewater and environmental science, management and development fields.

Here are some of the fast developing Wiki features:

Featured Articles

Featured Articles lists the most complete and up to date articles on the WaterWiki, as selected by the Wiki reviewers/member community. Check the coverage in your specialist area, and leave comments for the authors in the Article Discussion area. We are always looking for new contributions. Why not contribute your own article and raise your profile in the water community?

Events Extra

Events Extra provides a new space for you to archive your conference and events materials. Here you can: upload poster presentations; share materials from your workshops and archive other materials that are not suitable for journal publication. Miss a conference—but don’t miss the content!

Group Spaces

Group Spaces are a unique feature for groups and research networks: a free web space for you and your group to communicate and store information. The WaterWiki can provide a permanent host for your project, offering a customizable area for you to share ideas and discuss research findings.

Forum

The WaterWiki features a Forum where registered users can have informal discussions around different subject areas. This is also the space to talk about upcoming conferences and events, calls for papers, to post links to useful online resources and to ask questions.

Organization Profiles

The Organization space provides an area for you to include a profile of your organization and links to all of your relevant web pages.  Add a description of your organization or working group, highlighting its importance to the water community. Check out Access Water’s organization profile!

More details on all of these are available on the WaterWiki website – www.iwawaterwiki.org. Contact the site manager in order to find out how you or your organization can participate.

Get involved!

Anyone can add to the Wiki at any time. Add your own articles, upload your conference materials, discuss research projects, promote your organization and make contact with the global water community. In order to use all of the features on the Wiki you must REGISTER.

Victoria Beddow is the WaterWiki Community Manager for the International Water Association. Victoria is always at hand to provide support and advice on the WaterWiki. Please do contact her at vbeddow@iwap.co.uk or +44(0)2076545500 with any questions or problems you have relating to the Wiki.