Aim of making "big data" work for water, Institute project now in beta phase

World Water Window provides access to global water data

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Beacon Institute has developed an online portal to provide access to water data from across the world. The portal, known as World Water Window (WWW), collects massive amounts of data -- much of it real-time -- from measurements made in over 14,700 sensor locations from New York to Norway to Madagascar, including the River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) system on the Hudson River.

Currently in the final stages of development, WWW was created by bringing together resources and experts from Clarkson University and IBM. The goal is to give users access to data to aid water systems research and analysis, enabling new understandings of our environment and helping to guide human action. A phased rollout of WWW will begin over the next several months, with an aim to include public school students in beta-testing the site in the near future.