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

Global Health Engineering, ETH Zurich

April 4, 2024

The Opportunity

Journal articles

Journal articles

Supplementary Material

Take-away: Not a single file is in machine-readable, non-proprietary file type format that would qualify for following FAIR principles for data sharing (Wilkinson et al. 2016).

Good practice: CSV file (comma-separated values), including a data dictionary for all variables/columns in the data

Supplementary Material
Articles published 2020 or later
file type n1 %
missing 202 51.4
docx 149 37.9
xlsx 24 6.1
pdf 13 3.3
pptx 4 1.0
png 1 0.3
1 One article can have multiple files.

PDF reports

PDF reports

openwashdata community

openwashdata community


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


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

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

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Greene, Nicola, Sarah Hennessy, Tate W. Rogers, Jocelyn Tsai, Francis L. de los Reyes III, and Lars Schöbitz. 2023. “Fsmglobal. Global Faecal Sludge Emptying Services Demand.”
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).