Data Harmony Tools Increase Production Flow at American Water Works Association

Albuquerque, NM (April 10, 2002) – The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world, is citing productivity gains of 50% or more in its content management processing with Data Harmony’s XML Intranet System (XIS) software. Kurt Keeley, database manager in the Technical Support Group at AWWA’s Denver, Colorado headquarters, claims that since installing the Data Harmony suite, “We’re still experiencing improved productivity and flexibility to handle new projects unheard of just two years ago. Data Harmony is allowing us the opportunity to move relatively seamlessly in step with the organization’s new content management system.”

Citing AWWA’s challenges, Keeley said their move from another relational database to the XML Intranet System (XIS) was accomplished “painlessly, and cost effectively, without losing data, while positioning our data in a format exportable to multiple formats and projects.” He added that “safeguarding the data…in XML allows for increased productivity and flexibility.”

With more than 50,000 members, AWWA promotes public health and welfare relative to drinking water and is proactive in advancing the technology, science, management, and government policies regarding the stewardship of water, its quality and sufficiency of supply. In support of that mission, AWWA uses Data Harmony’s Machine-Aided Indexer (M.A.I.) to speed publication of its WATERNET database on CD-ROM. Says Keeley, “Our staffing was going down, the work load was increasing, and we needed more efficient ways to store and move data without major staff intervention. I estimate that M.A.I. has  improved our productivity by 50 per cent.” AWWA employs editors both at the headquarters office and remotely. “M.A.I. helps us avoid ‘editorial drift.’ The system is accessible by remote staff, and it’s customizable as well, ” Keeley notes. “We have adapted to link records with urls and PDFs and…to include multiple media types. XIS was an excellent investment for us:  reliable, scalable, and ahead of its time for internal data storage and management,” Keeley says.

WATERNET is the most comprehensive bibliographic database on the water industry available, with access to more than 50,000 references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, government reports, and technical papers from internationally recognized publishers around the world.  A subset on desalinization issues is under development. To learn more, visit www.awwa.org.

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