On October 4th the Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) at Nimbus Centre organised a very successful design workshop which furthered steps to creating an online directory for Ireland’s water research infrastructure. The workshop was run as part of the EPA funded project “Identification and Mapping of Ireland’s Water Research Infrastructure”, and was attended by potential users of the platform, from universities, research institutes and state bodies.
Much of Ireland’s water-related research and monitoring facilities are operated on a stand-alone model, neither connected to other pieces of infrastructure, nor available to other research activity. There is currently no registry of water-related infrastructure in Ireland. Researchers and the public find it difficult to get information on the water-related research infrastructure in Ireland, and what is available for use.
The project aims to identify and map the location of all relevant water-research and monitoring infrastructure in Ireland. The data will be made available to the public through an online interactive map of the database, linked to the EPA’s DROPLET website for information on Water Research Projects.
This online database will raise the profile of current Research Infrastructure, making researchers and the public more aware of available facilities and platforms. It is expected that this resource will better enable researchers to access Ireland’s water research infrastructure for upcoming projects; and help identify gaps for future investment.
To develop the online platform, workshop participants engaged in a number of tasks to:
- Define what key information users would look for on Water Research Infrastructure
- Gather user needs which will inform/guide features to be incorporated in the software
- Understand how users will interact with the online tool through a Customer Journey Map
- Discuss the future development of water research infrastructure in Ireland. What are the current strengths, weakness/gaps and how can we establish Ireland as a leader in water research infrastructure?
For more information on this project click here.