PerCom Workshops 2020
Conference paper

Building an Open, Multi-Sensor, Dataset of Water Pollution of Ganga Basin and Application to Assess Impact of Large Religious Gatherings

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Water is a crucial pre-requisite for all human activities. Due to growing demand from population and shrinking supply of potable water, there is an urgent need to use computational methods to manage available water intelligently, and especially in developing countries like India where even basic data to track water availability or physical infrastructure to process water are inadequate. In this context, we present a dataset of water pollution containing quantitative and qualitative data from a combination for modalities-real-time sensors, lab results, and estimates from people using mobile apps. The data on our API-accessible cloud platform covers more than 60 locations and consists of both what we have ourselves collected from multiple location following a novel process, and from others (lab-results) which were open but hither-to difficult to access. Further, we discuss an application of released data to understand spatio-tem-poral pollution impact of a large event with hundreds of millions of people converging on a river during a religious gathering (Ardh Khumbh 2016) spread over months. Such unprecedented details can help authorities manage an ongoing event or plan for future ones. The dataset has been available on BlueWater platform since 2016 and anyone can use the data for their application and also contribute new data.