Data Standards for Water and Energy Consumption and Supply

Data Standards for Water and Energy Consumption and Supply

Supporting better access to, and use of, data in the energy and water industries.

Project Overview

Data challenges

Improving data consistency and facilitating opportunities for cross-domain urban research is important to understanding patterns of urban development and modelling urban growth for a sustainable future. Researchers and policy analysts are confronted with a number of problems when comparing data in the water and energy industries.

Variability informats, spatio-temporal granularity, access methods and differing semantic definitions hinder attempts to access, analyse, interpret, compare and combine datasets.

What is a SISS data hub?

The Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS) is a suite of tools for spatial data interoperability. Built on existing technologies where possible, SISS tools are open access and used by many Australian Government agencies and research organisations. SISS components implement a number of standards proposed by the Open Geospatial Consortium.

The development of SISS was funded by AURIN and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy through the AuScope Program and NeAT initiative.  The code for deploying deploying a Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS) has since been made open source and is available on github.

WESC data protocol

CSIRO is addressing the data challenges associated with the development of the Water and Energy Supply and Consumption (WESC) data standard; a nationally applicable data protocol for the recording, storage, access and interoperability of supply and consumption datasets for the energy and water industries.

The WESC protocol includes standard information models and exchange formats to allow consistent and accurate aggregation of information across jurisdictions and data custodians in the urban water and energy industries. The WESC data standard is being used to build a platform, called the SISS-AURIN Federated Services Hub, to link these datasets to AURIN and the wider community of urban researchers, policy makers and managers.

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Map visualisations using the datasets from WESC data hub via the AURIN portal. a) household electricity consumption compared with number of detached houses for inner Melbourne; b) Household electricity consumption for inner Melbourne

Project Outputs

faucet_water_267x400The project  produced a set of negotiated data agreements and the WESC data protocol. Collectively these products will provide improved, consistent and consolidated data access to key water and energy consumption and supply data sets via the AURIN Portal, enabling improved research and policy analysis

Partners in the WESC data hub include:



project team

Lens 6.2 Project Team

L-R: Felix Lipkin (Data scientist), Magnus Moglia (Research scientist), Ben Leighton (Software engineer), Fareed Mirza (Software engineer) and Jonathan Yu (Project Leader).










Dr Jonathan Yu
Project Leader

Project partners

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