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04 May 2018

Vienna, Austria

DANUBIS.org Breakfast to be held at 2018 DWC

The objective of the DANUBIS.org breakfast to be held in the frame of the 2018 Danube Water Conference is to present the latest updates of the DANUBIS.org water platform including its various applications and uses and encourage a discussion among all participants on their views to make the best use of DANUBIS.org and/or propose improvements.

Danubis - The latest @danubis.org

DANUBIS.org stands for Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing. The DANUBIS.org Water Platform is an online knowledge space of resources on water and wastewater services in South-East, Eastern, and Central Europe. DANUBIS.org is jointly managed by the World Bank and IAWD, the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area.

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22 May 2017

DANUBIS.org Breakfast held at the 2017 DWC

IAWD and World Bank organized a breakfast on the Danubis.org water platform, which was attended by donor agency representatives, regulatory agencies, waterworks associations and individual utilities to jointly brainstorm around how to promote and enhance the use of this rich tool,  with great potential to promote WSS sector agenda and unique analytical tools by utilities and other stakeholders in the Danube region.

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16 May 2017

Summary of April 24, 2017 DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting

Please find the Minutes of the DANUBIS.org Steering Group Meeting on 24 April 2017 attached.


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11 May 2017

How to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast on 19 May?

Did you know the origin of the term “Benchmark”?

The term “bench mark”, or “benchmark”, originates from the chiseled horizontal marks that surveyors made in stone structures, into which an angle-iron could be placed to form a "bench" for a leveling rod, thus ensuring that a leveling rod could be accurately repositioned in the same place in the future. These marks were usually indicated with a chiseled arrow below the horizontal line. Even today, brass plates can be found all over the U.K. displaying the letters “OSBM” (Ordnance Survey Bench Mark).

Today, benchmarking is most used to measure performance using a specific indicator (cost per unit of measure, productivity per unit of measure, cycle time of x per unit of measure or defects per unit of measure) resulting in a metric of performance that is then compared to others.

If you want to learn more about the benchmarking database on DANUBIS.org, please use the password “Benchmark” to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast!

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06 April 2017

Next DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting

The next DANUBIS.org Steering group meeting will take place virtually through video-conferencing on 24 April at 1pm (CET). Details will be shared with members of the Steering Group in due course. If you would like to participate, please contact Philip Weller (weller@iawd.at) or Katerina Schilling (schilling@iawd.at). 

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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 include:

  • the brandnew Business Opportunities section, where you can upload and find Job Openings as well as open Calls and Tenders in the region
  • the former DANUBIS News is now the sector news, where you can post any news regarding the water sector in the region or a specific country
  • the new DANUBIS.org news replaces the Steering Committee news and provides news on the platform itself and on the Steering Committee
  • in the upload section, you will now find a small question mark next to each type of contribution indicating what type of posts fit into it

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 office@danubis.org

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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.

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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.

  1. Introductions. Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Kosovo (remotely), Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia, as well as IAWD, the World Bank, NALAS, GIZ and IB-Net attended the meeting and briefly summarized their country’s activities with regards to utility performance data collection systems and benchmarking. All participants underlined again the value of having a regional platform to allow for exchanges and benchmarking of utility performance over country boundaries, and many indicated that they are using DANUBIS.org regularly in their work.
  2. Presentation of the Platform. All of the changes agreed upon at the February 2016 Steering Group meeting have been incorporated into the DANUBIS.org website, and a full presentation of the new features was made, including:
  • Utility Performance Scorecard. The new utility performance scorecard, particularly targeted to decision makers within national and local governments, provides a quick overview of how a utility performs compared to similar companies in the region;
  • Utility Benchmarking Report. The new utility benchmarking report provides a comprehensive report on all aspects of the performance of a given utility and its evolution over time and compared to similar companies. It is primarily aimed at utility professionals and management.
  • Improved updates functionalities. The ability for users to register on the DANUBIS homepage and receive daily and/or weekly updates on changes and news from DANUBIS.org, was presented and participants were encouraged to subscribe. Registered users have automatically been subscribed but can change their update preferences in their profile. The DANUBIS LinkedIn group has also been created and actively moderated since February - participants are also encouraged to connect.
  1. Comments and feedback on the platform. Participants strongly endorsed the improvements made to the platform. Some of the additional comments made included:
  • The risks and opportunities associated with making utility performance data available to a wide public. Sector professionals will need to make a special effort to reach out to their elected representatives and the media to ensure that the information is understood properly, which was seen as an opportunity to move the dialogue to a more results-focused, fact-based discussion.
  • The need to focus on improving the coverage and quality of the data available in the platform to ensure that the results of the benchmarking are useful to users;
  • The importance to support utility performance data systems at national level, building on existing institutions and ensuring that the results are also fed back to utilities in the country to ensure an positive performance improvement impact.
  1. Dissemination and usage of the platform. Very significant resources have now been invested in making the DANUBIS platform available for all. Participants in the Steering group agreed that the focus in coming months should now be on ensuring that the platform is as widely known and used as possible, before further developments are tackled. Institutions in the steering group should play the main role in ensuring a lively and useful platform. The following actions were discussed:
  • All participants: Participants in the Steering Group should make a commitment not only to upload resources and information to the platform, but to also publicize and promote it further. The new brochure (attached) can be used for that purpose as well. All participating institutions were also invited to create a link to DANUBIS.org on their website and mention it in their newsletters.
  • National institutions: institutions in each country should consider whether to follow the example of Bulgaria, BiH, Kosovo and Serbia and setup a country portal in their national language to ensure the platform content, and in particular the utility database, is accessible to their national professionals. The amount of work involved with creating and maintaining a country portal is rather limited and can also be an easy way for institutions collecting utility performance data to make it available to their members, in national language, in a highly interactive manner.
  • National Waterworks Associations. National associations are seen as prime interlocutor to ensure that their member utilities are aware and make use of the platform. They were invited to ensure that DANUBIS is presented and explained to member utilities, for example on the side of their national events.
  • NALAS. Local governments would be an important potential audience and target of the DANUBIS.org platform, in particular with regards to the new utility performance scorecard. NALAS will explore how it can ensure a better diffusion of the platform, through its website, its newsletter and possible a dedicated training to national LGU associations so they can relay it to their members.

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.

  1. Future priorities. The meeting participants agreed that the following would be the priorities for the coming period:
  • Governance: the participants did not consider that DANUBIS required a more formal governance framework for now, and the use of a relatively open Steering Group to guide and advise the DANUBIS team was sufficient for now.
  • Visibility: The main priority of the coming months will be to ensure that the platform received as much visibility in the region. IAWD has just hired a new knowledge management and capacity building coordinator, Katerina Schilling (schilling@iawd.at) who will be supporting the participants in the Steering Group to ensure this is jointly achieved.
  • Potential award for leading utilities: the idea to highlight best performing utility companies, and best improving companies, at the region’s level and for each country, was discussed and will be explored further in the coming months.
  1. DANUBIS Data Collection and Management Platform. The participants were also informed that in parallel with the public DANUBIS.org platform, at the request of the Kosovo regulatory agency, a separate, online data collection and management platform is being developed to allow national institutions to easily collect, validate, manage, share and publish utility performance data. The platform is in final development stage and a training workshop will be held in Belgrade on June 22-24 with representatives of the four national institutions that are planning to use the platform in their country: ADKOM (Macedonia); the Kosovo regulatory agency, the Montenegro Waterworks Associations; and the Serbian water professionals association. The same signed on May 11th a MoU with IAWD and the World Bank to define the roles and responsibilities of each institution with regards to the DANUBIS DCM platform. Further institutions interested in knowing more, or making use of the platform, should approach the IAWD / World Bank 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!

Best regards

David Michaud / World Bank and Philip Weller / IAWD


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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. 

Details will be shared with members of the Steering Group in due course. If you would like to participate, please contact David Michaud (dmichaud@worldbank.org) or Philip Weller (weller@iawd.at). 

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12 February 2016

Vienna, Austria

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:

  • There is overall consensus that the Platform is useful and should be continued and expanded, for the utility performance database and for the additional sector resources.
  • Several institutions are interested in developing a country portal in their national language. The IAWD / Bank team will be happy to provide further information if needed and engage bilaterally on this relatively simple process.
  • Specific efforts should be made to ensure that NALAS and Local Governments are also taken into account and benefiting from the platform.
  • Some countries might also have interest in providing additional utility performance data and they should contact the IAWD / Bank team bilaterally to do so. 
  • The IAWD / Bank team should prepare a short brochure and possibly video tutorial on how to use DANUBIS platform.
  • All institutions are invited to actively promote DANUBIS among their own networks.
  • IAWD encouraged all institutions and partners to engage actively. A condition to secure the platform’s continued operation beyond the current funding and support, will be to demonstrate that it responds to a demand in the region and has an active community contributing to it.

During the meeting, the Steering Group also agreed on the following key improvements to the platform:

  • Utility performance reports (http://www.danubis.org/eng/utility-database/utility-performance-report/) will be split between a short, non-technical utility scorecard for local governments and citizens, and a more comprehensive utility performance benchmarking report for utility professionals. The launch of those reports will need to be accompanied with training and engagement of potential audiences (local governments, medias, NGOs) to ensure that the data is used and interpreted properly. 
  • There was wide recognition for the value to make the DANUBIS website more interactive and able to communicate with actors. However, there was also agreement that a single channel cannot be used and a combination of social medias such as LinkedIn, emails and the DANUBIS website itself is most appropriate. A DANUBIS LinkedIn group was created (this group!) to cater to those needs but the platform itself will also be improved with weekly newsletters and and a "what's new" section to allow interested professionals to quickly get a sense of new resources, events or utility performance data, connect with fellow professionals and exchange on the sector's challenges and opportunities.
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06 May 2015

Vienna, Austria

Summary of May 6, 2015 DANUBIS Steering Group meeting

Dear colleagues

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:

  • Summary of on-going benchmarking activities by participants: Participants from most countries in the region presented their on-going benchmarking efforts. Albania and Kosovo have well established benchmarking initiatives run by the respective Regulatory Agency. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia are currently in the process of developing a benchmarking initiative with DWP/ORF support and in partnership between line ministries and waterworks associations. Moldova and Romania have established, waterworks association-run benchmarking initiatives, some of which is made publicly available. Regulators in Ukraine and Hungary have active utility performance collection efforts but the data is currently not being made publicly available. FYR Macedonia utility association has developed a benchmarking platform with DWP support and data will be made publicly available. The team also outlined the excellent collaboration with Bulgaria and Moldova, which have both recently submitted additional data to DANUBIS and corrections to existing data.
  • DANUBIS demonstration and discussion: The new DANUBIS website (danubis.org) is now fully operational and a brief demonstration was provided. The main new features include the possibility for users to upload and share events, training opportunities and resources very easily (http://www.danubis.org/eng/login/); the development of a simplified benchmarking interface (http://www.danubis.org/eng/utility-database/) and utility report (http://www.danubis.org/eng/utility-database/utility-performance-report/); the possibility for countries to develop and maintain country portals in their own country (test example: http://www.danubis.org/srbija) and the addition of a currency conversion feature. In addition the participants were informed that new information about the situation of water services throughout the region (sos.danubis.org) and in specific countries (example: http://www.danubis.org/eng/country-resources/albania/) were uploaded. 
  • Discussion on platform extension for data collection and management: During the meeting the results of the working group formed to discuss the proposed data collection and management platform, were presented. The working group, comprised of representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova and Montenegro and facilitated by the World Bank and IAWD, prepared a concept note (attached) describing the scope, functionality and governance of the proposed platform. The meeting participants discussed in particular the objective of the platform, the key design features, the structure of the data, the governance and the division of responsibilities of cost for the development and operation of the platform. Funding is available from DWP and ORF to start the development of the platform but before doing so, at least three institutions / countries need to confirm their interest in participating in the development and use of the tool through a Letter of Intent (model attached). At the moment, Montenegro and Kosovo have confirmed their interest and discussions are on-going with a few further countries. The team would like to start soon with the purpose of having the platform available by early 2016 at the latest.
  • Conclusions and next steps. All participants recognized that DANUBIS is an important contribution to knowledge sharing in the region, but remains a work in progress in which much more could be done to establish it in a real collaborative platforms. While short-terms next steps are clearly outlined (see below), the team was invited to also think about how to make DANUBIS even more useful for a real regional dialogue and sharing platform.

 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. 

  • All Participants in the Steering Group should:
    1. Make sure to publicize the DANUBIS platform widely among national stakeholders;
    2. Upload any relevant information, event, resource to the DANUBIS platform using;
    3. Provide any feedback or suggestion for improvement to the team;
  • Countries / institutions interested in sharing additional utility performance data and/or improving current data should:
    1. Be prepared to provide the utility performance data either in the institution’s own format, or in the IB-Net format (which can be shared upon request);
    2. Contact the team detailing their interest, to obtain more specific guidance;
  • Countries / Institutions interested in developing a country portal in national language should:
    1. Designate a person responsible for the country portal management, with at least some basic IT knowledge;
    2. Be prepared to translate a list of key words used in their national language;
    3. Inform the team accordingly (a simple email is sufficient);
  • Countries / institutions interested in partnering with DANUBIS to develop a data collection and management platform for their own use, should:
    1. Review the attached Concept Note and provide any comment to the team;
    2. Sign the attached Letter of Intent and send a scanned copy to the team

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

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25 February 2015

Pristina, Kosovo

Summary of February 25, 2015 DANUBIS Steering Group meeting

Dear colleagues

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:

  • Taking the responsibility for managing a country portal for your country;
  • Participating in the development of a web-based data collection system customizable for your country, under the DANUBIS country portal
  • Providing more detailed inputs into the further development of DANUBIS’s reporting and dialoguing features.

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.

Best regards


 Phil Weller and David Michaud for the team


Summary of Discussions (see also attached presentation)

  • Country roundtable. The following institutions / countries participated in the Steering Committee meeting and provided brief comments on their current activities: ERRU / Albania; Aquasan / BiH; DKER / Bulgaria; WWRO / Kosovo, ANRE and AMAC / Moldova; ADKOM and MoEnv. / Macedonia; UTSVI / Serbia; NERC / Ukraine; NALAS; ORF/GIZ, IAWD and World Bank in addition representatives from Montenegro and Hungary participated as observers. Romanian representatives from ARA and ANRSC and Albanian from DPUK were excused.
  • DANUBIS 2. The test version of the upgraded DANUBIS website, building on the feedback received in the last steering committee meeting, was presented (www.danubis.net - now in function again). Compared to the previous version, the new website, which is still in final development, offers (a) improved possibilities for users to register and upload country and utility resources, as well as post events and training opportunities; (b) a significantly improved utility database, including a simple utility performance report (http://www.danubis.net/eng/utility-database/utility-one-click-report/) providing a performance index (see http://www.danubis.net/files/File/utility_databse/Wupi_method_note_2015_02_11.pdf) and performance comparison over time and against peers, as well as currency conversion features; and (c) the possibility to create country portals in local language, for leading institutions to share their own resources and utility information using an existing, simple platform (see example under http://www.danubis.net/srbija). The website is expected to be fully functional early March and will then be moved fully to replace the existing DANUBIS.org website. Several participants provided helpful comments, for example on the possibility to accommodate several institution on the country portals, the need to ensure data consistency between various sources, the criticality to be able to gauge data quality.
  • DANUBIS 3. Further to the new features already added or being added to DANUBIS, the committee discussed potential future functionalities that could be incorporated into the next version of DANUBIS, such as (a) a web-based portal for utility data collection, customized and managed by each country, with data quality checks and potential links to DANUBIS/IB-Net; (b) improved usage features, such as the creation of a mobile app or website, the incorporation of simpler traffic light indicators, or other simple benchmarking reports for different audiences; (c) improved dialogue capacity, through the inclusion of a discussion forum, utility user ratings or the incorporation of more detailed information about each country’s sector. Several participants indicated that their institution might be interested in the further development of the data collection feature, and the production of reports targeting local decision makers. The possibility to list private or public companies with specific expertise was also mentioned.
  • Next steps. The following next steps were discussed:
    • March 2nd Website will be fully functional;
                              Simple survey will be circulated
    • Mid-March         Feedback from participants to be received
                              Country administrator to be designated for countries interested in a country portal
                              Working groups for new DANUBIS features to be created based on interest
    • Late March        First country portals will be made available
    • Late April          Working Group conclusions on new features scope
    • May 6th Next DANUBIS Steering Group meeting, discussion of future features and participating countries commitment, possible signature of Memorandum of Understanding
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07 May 2014

Vienna, Austria

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. 

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28 January 2014

Vienna, Austria

Summary of January 28, 2014 DANUBIS Steering Group meeting

Dear colleagues

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)

  • Albania has 7 years of experience with data collection and benchmarking; MTI expects to see where the national utilities stand in regional comparison and exchange good practices. Expects that their data structure (more than 200 data points) is consistent with DANUBIS and considers that data for 2013 will be available in April.
  • Bulgaria is interested in understanding how its utilities are doing in particular in the Balkans context and has high expectations on its participation into DANUBIS. Insists on the importance of having consistent definitions for data and indicators; and states that for financial data, only recent (2012) data is available. Also points to the challenge of doing benchmarking for utilities that manage several systems but only report one merged set of data points.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina is still in the process of defining institutional mechanisms / responsibilities for benchmarking but hopes to be involved with DANUBIS as it evolves. An internal meeting to discuss arrangements will take place in February.
  • Croatia has developed a pilot benchmarking platform two years ago and is interested to stay informed of DANUBIS's evolution; formal commitment to participate is pending.
  • Kosovo has a long tradition of utility benchmarking and working with IB-Net, and looks forward to participating; no issues are anticipated as they have worked with IB-Net in the past.
  • Macedonia is interested in introducing benchmarking at national level after having worked with IB-Net on an ad-hoc basis and finds DANUBIS a useful opportunity to exchange. Also insists on the challenge of making sure the definitions of data points and indicators are consistent across countries.
  • Moldova has more than 15 years of experience with benchmarking, thanks to early IB-Net support, and its system covers more than 95% of utilities. A key challenge and one that can only be addressed at national level, is that of data validation. Additional information on energy efficiency would be very important to include in the set of indicators for DANUBIS.
  • Montenegro has only limited benchmarking experience but it interested in doing more.
  • Romania is interested in understanding where its utilities stand in the region and in ensuring that harmonized indicator definitions are developed; regulator and utility associations are both interested in participating in DANUBIS. Signals the importance of agreeing on common definitions and the need to keep utility data confidential even as indicators are made available publicly. ARA raises the important question of long-term management of the platform.
  • Serbia's various professional / utility associations are keen on coordinating their work on benchmarking and participate in DANUBIS.
  • Ukraine's regulator has started benchmarking two years ago and is developing its own platform; sees DANUBIS as an opportunity to exchange on international good practices in the process of doing so. The proposed timeline is challenging in the country's context but commitment is there to participate in DANUBIS. Specific support on data conversion and validation would be necessary.

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:

  • Suggested changes (energy efficiency indicator, improved institutional customers billing data, use of national currency etc.) will be incorporated as possible as part of the on-going revision of IB-Net indicators;
  • IB-Net will share the most updated data definition dictionary; but further discussions on agreeing on shared definitions should take place in the context of future Steering Group meetings.
  • Eventually and as the platform comes online, further adjustments to the list of data and indicators might be needed and will be discussed by the Steering Group.

System functionalities

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.

Support needs

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.

Next steps

The next steps for participating countries are:

  • Immediately, if not done already
    • Provide comments on the Concept Note
    • Share structure of data with DANUBIS team, in national or English language (not necessary for those institutions working with IB-Net already)
  • By end of March
    • Share raw data with DANUBIS team (if possible - different timelines might be necessary in some countries)
    • Work with DANUBIS team to define concrete country support needs in greater details
  • Early May
    • Participate in the next Steering Group meeting in Vienna, on the side of the Annual Danube Water Program conference.

We look forward to working with all of you on this joint initiative.

Best regards

David Michaud and Phil Weller for the DANUBIS team

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