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SWITCH-ON FINAL REPORT: Main Results and Potential Impact

Sharing Water related Information to Tackle Changes in the Hydrosphere - from OPEN DATA to OPEN SCIENCE, OPEN INNOVATION & OPEN TO THE WORLD

SWITCH-ON is a project using Open Data as a vehicle for innovations, with the aim to manage water resources in a sustainable way for a safer society and to advance hydrological sciences. We are building bridges between policy makers, water managers, information producers and scientists.
All project assets are available at the Web Portal, including dedicated Search tools for water-related open data. There is an open Virtual Product Market with 14 running softwares producing information for efficient water management and policy. We have initiated a Virtual Water-Science Laboratory where scientists can collaborate on computational experiments, and a Knowledge Brokerage area that facilitate societal dialogues on development and marketing of information products.



  • Launch 14 innovative water information products and services which will contribute to planning in safety, sustainability, exploitation, adaptation and public awareness
  • Address river flow, floods, droughts, water quality, change and multiple water use
  • Contribute to the implementation of European water policy
  • Facilitate the search, combinations and visualisation of data for tailored water assessments


SWITCH-ON gives free access to basic components for developing commercial information products and services, such as:

  • A spatial information platform with graphical interfaces and set of analysis tools
  • Tailored geodata for water assessments
  • Modelled time-series of many water variables.
  • Quality indications of many open datasets.
  • New knowledge of natural processes, hazards and on going environmental change.


SWITCH-ON products have been developed in a collaborative, networked environment to:

  • Allow a co-creation process involving science partners.
  • Utilise external research in product development.
  • Ensure direct links between scientists and developers and embrace feedback and user requirements.
  • Place users in the spotlight: agile user centric development with early and frequent stakeholder contacts.
  • Enhance collaboration between product developers through periodic on-line demonstrations and reviews of product features and business ideas.
  • Improve continuously as a result of incremental development design.
  • Analyse societal needs and the market potential of water-information products.
  • Make alliances and bundling with other software packages to build on the leverage from existing customer bases.


Virtual water-science laboratories allow scientists to share and use available knowledge at early stages in the research process. The infrastructure supports a new approach to the scientific process based on sharing and collaboration to:

  • Share knowledge using innovative co-design software tools.
  • Allow scientists to launch new ideas for immediate feedback and networking opportunities worldwide.
  • Create procedures and experiment protocols to ensure reproducibility and transparency in computational experiments.
  • Encourage incremental forms of research through dynamic living experiment protocols.
  • Allow access to numerical hydrological models, source codes and manuals.
  • Share tailored data for catchment analysis on a pan European level.
  • Create a data repository and tools for publishing/sharing research result data.
  • Make direct links to practical applications and feedback on research results.

Saving water through effective knowledge sharing
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Participants at the GA in Chania 2016
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