On those pages, you will find the WINS User Guide to help you using this plateform, whether you are an unregistered user or a regular contributor.
Launched in January 2017 by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), the Water Information Network System (WINS) is a user-friendly, participatory, and open-access online platform offering water-related data and information. WINS allows storing, combining from several sources, and sharing open data on water resources at all levels (from local to global).
Its primary objective is to foster knowledge sharing and access to information, by making information freely available to anyone. The platform is contributing to close the gap between North and South in terms of access to knowledge. Overall, it aims to support decision-making and build capacity.
The IHP Secretariat makes WINS freely available to Member States, water stakeholders and partners, with the aim of encouraging contributors to share data on water.
WINS offers different sets of spatial information (i.e. layers) that can be overlaid to create tailored maps. WINS also consists of a larger knowledge-sharing platform, which brings together information on national water policies and any other water related publications, in various formats. Finally, WINS is a networking hub that connect water stakeholders and promote experience-sharing.
On WINS, transparency and respect of authorship is guaranteed as all information shared by contributors benefit from metadata in a standardized format and from a UNESCO Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This allows for an accurate identification and crediting of any contribution, and easy later sharing.
This section will guide users towards:
Section I- Finding layers, maps and documents
Users can use different routes, filters and search functions to find information on WINS, whether it be layers, maps, and documents. To access layers, maps, and documents, use the quick-link Layers/Maps/Documents in the menu bar in the header.
Specific layers, maps, and documents can be found by typing in the Search-field (e.g. a country name or thematic area) in the header.
A list of results of layers, maps, or documents will appear (Figure 1). This list can be sorted according to when the data was shared (Most recent and Less recent), alphabetically (A-Z and Z-A), or by order of importance (Most Popular).
Filtering layers, maps, or documents
Using the left-side panel, layers, maps, or documents can be filtered according to:
Section II- Accessing and understanding information of layers, maps, and documents
Once you have found the layer, map, or document you are interested in, you can click on it to access the content and its related information. Visualization of documents and of layers and maps differ slightly.
On the page of a document, the resource is either directly displayed on the page or accessible by clicking on the link provided under the tittle (Figure 3).
There is also a tab section below the document, where you can first view Info about the document, i.e. its metadata. The metadata consist the ID card of the document, by providing its tittle, abstract, date of publication, source, etc. The metadata also indicates the user who is responsible for uploading and managing this content on WINS, as well as the group to which it is linked.
The tab section also allows you to Share the document through social media or email, use the Ratings system, and leave Comments.
For layers and maps
The page for a specific layer or map offers two distinct spaces (Figure 4):
The Viewer provides different tools for displaying the layer or map (Figure 5):
The Viewer also provides two tools for analyzing the layer or map. The first one is the Get feature info which retrieves any information available for a dedicated object of a layer or map upon clicking on this element, by opening a pop-up window with the information (Figure 6).
The second analysis tool is the Measure one, to evaluate distances or areas (Figure 7).
Section III- Downloading documents and layers in different file formats
Unless otherwise specified, all information shared publicly on WINS is available for download by users of the platform, whether they have registered an account on the platform or not.
You can download document simply by clicking the blue button Download document in the right corner of a document’s page. It will automatically download the content to your computer. You can also download a document’s metadata by clicking the Download metadata button (Figure 8).
It is possible to download data of vector layer in different file formats (KML, GeoJson, Excel, CSV, Zipped Shapefile, etc.) as well as the data of a raster layer (GeoTIFF, ArcGrid, KML, PNG, JPEG, etc.), by using the blue button Download Layer at the top right corner. This allows you to use offline with other GIS software. You can also download a layer’s metadata by clicking the Download metadata button (Figure 9):