ORGANIZER: German Water Partnership (GWP)
LOCATION: Berlin, Germany
05 September 2016
New Features and changes made @ DANUBIS.org
Dear DANUBIS.org community,
we are happy to present some changes and new features regarding the DANUBIS.org water platform.
The main changes inlcude:
We hope that you like the new features and changes made and look forward to your contributions!
If you have any comments or feedback for us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
14 July 2016
Meeting Minutes of the DANUBIS DCM Workshop
A workshop on the functionality of the DANUBIS Data Collection and Management (DCM) platform was held in Belgrade on 22-24 June 2016. It was a training session to provide staff of managing institutions with the capacity to launch, manage and use the DCM DANUBIS system for upload and analysis of data from the respective country.
On the last day of the workshop the participants discussed the next steps to be taken to implement the DANUBIS DCM platform in the participating countries. The minutes of the meeting are enclosed.
25 May 2016
Summary of May 11, 2016 Steering Group Meeting
Dear colleagues and members of the DANUBIS Steering Group:
Thank you for your participation in the Steering Group meeting on May 11th in Vienna and via audio / video conference; and apologies to those who had issues getting connected. Below is a short summary of the discussions; the presentation that was made is also attached.
In order to facilitate dissemination of the platform, IAWD and the World Bank confirmed their availability to organize follow-up trainings, virtually or in person, on the platform so that national institutions would be able to promote it adequately. Interested institutions should feel free to contact the DANUBIS team.
We hope that this summarizes our discussions and invite you to engage with us should you have any question or comment. In parallel, please do your part to ensure that the platform continues to grow in content and usefulness - spread the word, and connect!
David Michaud / World Bank and Philip Weller / IAWD
13 April 2016
Next DANUBIS.org Steering Group Meeting
The next DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting will take place on May 11th from 4pm to 6pm, Central European Time, physically in Vienna on the side of the Danube Water Conference and virtually through video-conferencing for those unable to attend in person.
12 February 2016
Steering Group agrees on improvements to the platform
The DANUBIS.org steering group held a meeting on February 12, 2016 to take stock of the platform situation and look at the future. The conclusions on the current situation were:
During the meeting, the Steering Group also agreed on the following key improvements to the platform:
06 May 2015
Summary of May 6, 2015 DANUBIS Steering Group meeting
Thank you to all of you who participated in the DANUBIS Steering Group meeting on May 6th. The final version of the presentation that was delivered is attached. Below is a short summary of the discussions:
The discussions made very clear that the DANUBIS platform is flexible and can be adjusted to the specific needs and involvement level of any country or institution. In that sense, the next steps depend on each country / institution’s interest and are described below.
The team looks forward to working with all of you to continue making DANUBIS as useful as possible for institutions, utilities and water sector professionals in the Danube region.
Phil Weller and David Michaud
25 February 2015
Summary of February 25, 2015 DANUBIS Steering Group meeting
Thank you for your participation in today’s steering group meeting. We are sorry that those connected remotely did not have a very good audio connection and will seek to do it better next time. Below is a brief summary of our discussions, complementing the attached presentation. Please note that the trial website - which crashed just before the demonstration, of course - is now operating again at www.danubis.net and we invite you to visit it, although it is still not fully functional.
In the next few days, we will be circulating a short survey asking all of you to provide specific feedback on the current test platform and future features, but in the meantime please feel free to explore the website and review again the presentation, and think about your institution’s interest in the features discussed, in particular in:
For those of you in Pristina, please reach out to us with any question, comment or suggestion as well! And we are of course happy to receive those via emails as well.
Phil Weller and David Michaud for the team
Summary of Discussions (see also attached presentation)
07 May 2014
Presentation of May 7, 2014 DANUBIS Steering Group meeting
Attached is the presentation made at the May 7, 2014 DANUBIS Steering Group meeting on the side of the 2014 Danube Water Conference in Vienna, Austria.
28 January 2014
Summary of January 28, 2014 DANUBIS Steering Group meeting
Many thanks to all of you for your participation and patience with the technology during our first video-conference / steering group meeting. As agreed, below is a short summary of our discussions and agreements, as well as a copy of the presentation. Please let us know if any of the following points does not reflect our discussions and we will gladly re-issue corrected minutes.
Country situation / comments (summary)
Main conclusions of discussions
The discussions followed the proposed agenda and the attached powerpoints presentation structure.
(See attached file: DWS3 Danubis pres.pptx)
The main conclusions from the discussions and feedback from the Steering Group were:
Indicators and data
The Steering Group supports the proposed use of IB-Net data and indicators but requests the DANUBIS platform to take into account the following points:
The Steering Group supports the proposed basic functionalities of utility comparison module, and utility reports module; and suggests that other functionalities be considered once the platform is established and based on actual needs.
The Steering group members generally support the proposed timeline, in particular the proposed intermediate validation at the annual conference in May 2014 in Vienna; but advised that individual countries will need to follow their own processes and might not be able to deliver inputs by the proposed deadlines. Given the Danube Water Program's own constraints, the country delegations will seek to move as swiftly as possible but delays in a given country's participation due to special circumstances are to be expected and will not prevent eventual participation into DANUBIS. The respective delegations will seek to maintain the Steering Group chairs informed of such delays.
The Steering Group took note of the possible support from the Project. Three clear areas for potential support are: data collection (for those countries where no utility data is being collected); data validation (for most countries that are collecting data) and data conversion into DANUBIS / IB-Net format. The DANUBIS team will work bilaterally with the various countries to further define their needs; and potential discussions around some of those issues (especially validation) could take place in the next Steering Group meeting in May.
Steering Group Operation
The Steering Group agreed with the proposed initial chairmanship by the Danube Water Program staff (David Michaud / Phil Weller) and the proposed modus of communication though emails, video-conference when necessary, and in-person meetings at critical junctures. The first in-person meeting of the Steering Group will take place on the side of the Danube Water Program annual event in Vienna on May 8-9. Further details will be provided to participants as time nears. In addition Steering Group participants are responsible to share the information about DANUBIS within their own institution, ensure institutional feedback towards the Steering Group, and raise with the chairs any issue that should be discussed more broadly with the Steering Group. Finally further countries and institutions will be welcome to join the Steering Group on a needs basis; Steering Group members should feel free to make any proposal in that sense.
The next steps for participating countries are:
We look forward to working with all of you on this joint initiative.
David Michaud and Phil Weller for the DANUBIS team