MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The Water Council, the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the innovationExchange and inno360 have formed a partnership to rapidly expand Milwaukee’s global presence in water innovation and leadership, according to a press release. 

By harnessing the power of today’s most advanced collaborative innovation technologies, together they plan to dramatically increase and improve public-private sector water-related collaborative research, stated the release. This expert system links the knowledge economy with the innovation economy by providing an interface for academics, industry, investors and manufacturers.

The Water Collaborative Innovation Platform, showcased during The Water Council’s Water Summit 2014 in Milwaukee, is a web-based search, innovation management and analytics tool that will enable water industry and academic researchers worldwide to conduct the most complete mining of water research information that has ever existed, noted the release. 

The platform will access data from the largest landscape of resources and greatly increase the speed of information transfer — from weeks to hours — leading to increased research productivity.

“Quite simply, the Water Collaborative Innovation Platform supercharges any web search engine with advanced search algorithms, content categorization and visualization technologies to put Water Council members at a significant advantage when seeking global solutions and global leaders,” said Dean Amhaus, president & CEO of The Water Council. “The water challenges that the world is facing are diverse and addressing these challenges is a daunting task. We believe that organizations such as The Water Council, enabled through this Platform, can pull the best minds from around the world in diverse disciplines to successfully address them.”