Practical tools

As part of supporting the Consorcio Público de la Cuenca del Rio Jubones on behalf of GIZ I  worked on practical applications that aim to improve the public availability of (essential) data.

These are two examples:

Software that publishes water quality data on the internet

In Ecuador, the provision of drinking water is the task of municipalities, and this implies the need and legal obligation of operational monitoring. In recent years most larger municipalities have received basic laboratories and started employing laboratory technicians. The result of their analysis, however, is usually not accessible. People do not know whether their water supplies have ever been tested, let alone whether it is meets drinking water standards.

To remedy this situation we have developed a software that allows municipal laboratory technicians to upload their data onto the internet. A publicly accesible virtual map shows summaries (potable / not potable / insufficient information) of each analysis as well as underlying raw data.

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This software has been developed with open source code and programmes and can be shared with other institutions. Get in touch if you´re interested.

Website to publish information on (eco-) tourism resources

Many local governments in Ecuador invest in tourism (for income generation that is more sustainable and potentially less polluting than, say, gold mining..). Municipal staff thus elaborate inventories of local tourism resources. However, this information is generally not publicly accessible. In what represents new opportunities, municipalities have recently all received access to internet, as does an ever growing number of households. In response we developed a platform that allows municipal staff to upload information about sites of touristic relevance (description, photos and contact details of hotels, waterfalls, museums, etc) to a virtual map. These data are thus no longer hidden but can be accessed by potential visitors and updated regularly.

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Again, this software has been developed with open source code and programmes and can be shared with other institutions. Get in touch if you´re interested.

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