Water and Energy Supply and Consumption (WESC) Data Forum

Glyn Davis Building, The University of Melbourne

To attend this forum please complete an expression of interest:

Download and complete this application form and email it to Veronica Shingler, shingler@unimelb.edu.au, by 27 August 2019.

Travel grants available:

A limited number of grants are available to subsidise travel to the Forum (up to $500 inc. GST). To apply, complete Part B of the application form.

9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 6 September 2019

Japanese Room
Level 4, Glyn Davis Building (133)
Faculty of Architecture Building Planning
The University of Melbourne

What is the WESC Data Forum?

Given increasing pressures from population growth and land use change, Australian researchers from academia and government require access to high value water and energy (WE) supply and consumption data for planning and decision-making purposes.

Recent federal government initiatives like the EUDM and NEAR programs have sought to unlock this data and make it available via an extended WE Supply and Consumption (WESC) data standard, which was originally designed between AURIN-CSIRO. Previous work was also carried out to engage the water and energy sector in establishing a WESC data hub at AURIN, however, further work is required for its wide-scale use within research communities.

For this purpose, the WESC Data Forum aims to bring together data users and service providers (data providers and advocates), to develop new pathways for increasing data availability and use of WESC data to enable data-driven planning and decision-making. Proposed forum topics include:

  • The WESC data model as an integration enabler incl. examples from data users and data services
  • Opportunities and challenges in the water and energy data community
  • Explore development pathways for future WESC data efforts to meet community requirements
  • The FAIR Data principles and how they might be adopted in an updated AURIN-CSIRO WESC hub


Japanese Room
Level 4, Glyn Davis Building (133)
Faculty of Architecture Building Planning
The University of Melbourne
Map: https://maps.unimelb.edu.au/parkville/building/133

Project members:

  • Dr Michael Rigby, AURIN
  • Dr Jonathan Yu, CSIRO Land & Water

Project information:

For all project related inquiries contact Dr Michael Rigby, rigby@unimelb.edu.au or (03) 8344 2842.

This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne., ethics ID number: 1955041.

This project is supported by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The ARDC is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).