The Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) project SMART takes into account environmental conditions, ecosystems, socio-economy, water provision, and demand management to conserve the water resources for future generations. For decision-making in natural resources management, a profound database of all available variables and measurements is essential. The database allows for people and institutions with different backgrounds and from various political environments to talk the same language.
The resulting SMART comprehensive database management system (DBMS) was designed to efficiently supply all partners with input data for establishing the required systems (modeling, geographical information systems - GIS). The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ technologically advanced this tool and named it DAISY (Data and Information System). The DBMS is designed to serve as a platform for collecting and storing data and sharing them among the partners to ensure proper, effective, and quick supply of data and information required for the execution of the various project tasks.
Consequently, the project (basin) area and scope were determined and subdivided into subareas of more homogeneous problems and characteristics for the work to focus on more specific local problems. An integral part of the work package was to gather, compile, and organize all data available on the JRV, which were considered relevant to and necessary for the project, including:
All data stored in previous projects and those provided by project partners were and are still being reviewed and classified according to database regulations and their relevance to the project. The aim was to produce a logical information structure (variables, units, parameters), to avoid redundancy, and to guarantee data quality. (Klinger et al. 2014, Klinger et al. 2015)