This document provides a manual on how to work with the protected aquifer workspaces (for registered users only, like national experts and regional coordinators).
Introduction to GGRETA Information Management System
The main objective of the GGRETA Information Management System (IMS) is to have an online platform to collect, organize, disseminate and analyze in a consistent way the information collected for the transboundary aquifers’ assessment. The availability of a common information system facilitates cooperation between aquifer states and provides a tool to all stakeholders involved in the governance of the aquifer. The centralization of data and information in an IMS will help aquifer states to exchange data and to develop a common understanding of the resource.
The Groundwater Information Management System has two view modes: the public view, freely accessible to anyone with internet access, and the protected workspace, a password protected environment which is only available to registered and authorized users.
In the first one, the Public View, the general public will be able to navigate through a map view and search for information related to the transboundary aquifer by clicking directly on the geographical units of interest. Information such as aggregated values or spatially distributed data of parameters and indicators values derived from the assessment will be displayed in an interactive map view. All meta-information is accessible to facilitate interpretation of the assessment results. In addition, a query tool allows to select/filter geographical units based on parameter and/or indicator values. Data can also be downloaded as excel files.
The protected aquifer workspace is only accessible for registered GGRETA users. In the protected workspace, registered users have access to a password protected environment, to manage the groundwater information related to the aquifer or region they are responsible for. The Protected workspace has two main functionalities: 1) it allows registered users to upload / update data themselves (map information and documents) and 2) it allows registered users involved in the project to share, visualise, analyze and discuss results before making the data publically available. In the current set-up it is the ‘regional coordinator’ who has the authority to move data and maps from the protected workspace to the public view.