a community effort to bring open data practices to the WASH sector

Lars Schöbitz

Global Health Engineering

October 11, 2023

Hello! 👋

Lars Schöbitz

Headshot of Lars Schöbitz

My role - Open Science Specialist

  • research data management
  • reproducible workflows
  • mindset for Open Science
  • research communication
  • teaching data science tools
  • proposal writing

openwashdata community

openwashdata community


An active global community that applies FAIR principles (Wilkinson et al. 2016) to data generated in the great water, sanitation, and hygiene sector.


Empower WASH professionals to engage with tools and workflows for open data and code.

The Opportunity

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

PDF reports

PDF reports

PDF reports + Dropbox

PDF reports + Dropbox

The Journey

The Product

What does final look like?

Screenshot of the wasteskipsblantyre R package documentation homepage at


Our channels

One-way communication

Two-way engagement

course: data science for openwashdata

Zoom for 10 modules over 15 weeks at the following times:

  • Start: 31st October 2023 - 2 pm to 4:30 pm CET
  • End: 6th February 2024 - 2 pm to 4:30 pm CET

This course is:

  • free
  • provides participants with a certificate
  • using exclusively tools that are free and open source
  • offers 1:1 coding support between lectures and beyond the course


Goals (by August 2024)

  • Newsletter: 500 subscribers
  • Website: 30 daily visits
  • Data: 50 R data packages
  • Course: 20 participants successfully complete the first course


ETH ORD Program

ETH ORD Program

We draw your attention to the fact that the Contribute calls are suitable for young researchers (PhD and postdoc) who would like to add value to their data within their projects.

Open Science Working Group Email (2023-10-05)

Open Science Tools - HS23

Open Science Tools - HS23

Keen to learn the use of Open Science tool for collaborative scientific writing?

Check out:

  • Day 1: 17th October 2023 - 08:30 am to 12:30 pm CET
  • Day 2: 24th October 2023 - 08:30 am to 12:30 pm CET
  • ECTS: 0.5

Thanks 🌻

This project was supported by the Open Research Data Program of the ETH Board.

The slides were created via revealjs and Quarto:

You can view source code of slides on GitHub

Or you can download slides in PDF format

This material is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 4.0 International.


Greene, Nicola, Sarah Hennessy, Tate W. Rogers, Jocelyn Tsai, and Francis L. de los Reyes III. 2021. “The Role of Emptying Services in Provision of Safely Managed Sanitation: A Classification and Quantification of the Needs of LMICs.” Journal of Environmental Management 290 (July): 112612.
Mupinga, Ratidzaishe T, Tanaka M Chatema, Savanna R Perumal, Eva Mary, et al. 2021. “Addendum of Data Related to Drying of Faecal Sludge from on-Site Sanitation Facilities and Fresh Faeces.” Gates Open Res 4 (188): 188.
Soeters, S, P Mukheibir, and J Willetts. 2021. “Treatment Technologies in Practice: On-the-Ground Experiences of Faecal Sludge and Wastewater Treatment.”
Wilkinson, Mark D., Michel Dumontier, IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Gabrielle Appleton, Myles Axton, Arie Baak, Niklas Blomberg, et al. 2016. “The FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data Management and Stewardship.” Scientific Data 3 (1).
Yesaya, Mabvuto, Limbani Msuku, Elizabeth Tilley, and Sebastian Camilo Loos. 2023. “Wasteskipsblantyre: Locations of Public Waste Skips in Blantyre, Malawi.”