Information Strategies Work Group Meeting Minutes

Durham, New Hampshire -- July 19-20, 2006

WIS Attendance:
Curtis Cude, Peter Tennant, Jane Caffrey, Don Dycus, Fred Leslie, Barry Long, Leslie McGeorge, Mary Skopec, Chuck Spooner, Mike McDonald (phone), Sandy Williamson (phone).

WCI Attendance:
Mary Ambrose, Jim Cox, Gail Mallard, Dan Radulescu, Eric Vowinkel, Dave Wunsch. 

The purpose of this week’s workgroup meetings was to examine the current Council structure with respect to how the workgroups might more effectively meet the needs of the Council (especially the nascent National Monitoring Network and biennial National Monitoring Conference) and the monitoring community as a whole.  The Water Information Strategies (WIS) and Watershed Component Interactions (WCI) independently recognized that both groups were struggling to meet a variety of common needs albeit from differing perspectives.  Both groups recommended combining forces to ensure that the needs of all groups monitoring throughout the hydrologic cycle were represented when developing strategies for goal-oriented monitoring.

New Council and Workgroup Structure
Figure 1 displays the relationships between and within Council workgroups.  The dashed lines represent coordination and communication between the three workgroups and the NMN Steering Committee, particularly in light of ongoing activities related to the National Monitoring Network and National Monitoring Conference, but also as needed for particular workgroup projects.  Team structure within the Communications & Outreach (C & O) Workgroup and Methods & Data Comparability Board (MDCB) are not indicated in this figure.  Within the WIS workgroup, standing teams are represented (Program Development & Network Design, Data Management & Access, and Data Analysis & Interpretation) to provide WIS members an opportunity to affiliate with areas of focus.  This is not intended to restrict participation to certain “boxes”, but to facilitate work within particular topical categories.  Ad hoc project teams may be needed to perform high priority tasks.  Coordination between WIS teams will be provided by workgroup and team leadership, as well as by the workgroup as a whole.

Figure 1 - NWQMC Workgroup Structure
Work Group Structure

WIS Workgroup Planning

During this meeting, WIS Workgroup members present developed a proposed task list for the standing teams (attached).  Higher priority tasks are represented by bold lettering.

The WIS workgroup expects to provide specific, measurable, realistic, and time-framed task details, and agree upon a final draft task list prior to the next NWQMC meeting.  WIS workgroup will meet regularly by tele- and (perhaps) web-conference to complete the list.  In addition, the Workgroup will complete a final draft of the revised WIS statement of objectives (see draft attached).

WIS Workgroup Vision
By developing smaller, focused teams within the Workgroup that are dedicated to specific tasks, WIS hopes to attract and engage a growing, active membership.  In addition to reaching out to current members and affiliates of WIS and WCI workgroups, recruitment will target the recently-concluded National Monitoring Network development teams as well as the general list of NWQMC affiliates.  The Workgroup envisions Teams holding regular meetings to ensure continued progress on identified tasks, with coordination provided by the Workgroup.  eMail lists or listservs will be developed for standing and ad hoc teams, and all members will be kept updated via the general WIS list to allow all members to follow and contribute to other WIS projects of interest.  Again, the purpose of WIS teams is not to constrain participation within certain areas, but to provide some areas of focus. 

During this phase of re-establishing the WIS workgroup and its teams, the following list represents workgroup and team leadership.  This list (especially team leaders) is subject to change as team charters and membership are developed.

WIS Workgroup: Curtis Cude (chair) and Peter Tennant (vice-chair)

Data Analysis & Interpretation: Dan Radulescu

Program Development & Network Design: Peter Tennant

Data Management & Access: Curtis Cude

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