THE SOCIAL AND HYDROLOGICAL INFORMATION PLATFORM WORKSHOPThe Social and Hydrological Information Platform (SHIP) two-day workshop kicked off on 30th November, 2016 at The Sportsman's Arms Hotel in Nanyuki at 10:00a.m. The workshop participants mainly from water sector in the region include Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), Conservation Solutions Africa and CETRAD. The team aim was to discuss the potential of SHIP as an information dissemination tool and specifically the possibilities of making the hydro-met data more accessible to diverse users and in the most appropriate way in terms of space, time, ease of access and visualization of available data by querying the resource. The workshop kicked off with a presentation on the SHIP by Mr. Jeremiah Njeru, who is the lead developer of the SHIP; who took the participants through the different modules in the SHIP. Dr. Urs Wiessmann of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Switzerland, then took over and guided the team on the direction to take and issues to consider when discussing the different queries that will be used on the hydro-met data.The participants were divided into two groups and discussions commenced immediately after lunch break. Day two of the workshop started with both groups presenting their query formulation findings and afterwards questions, comments and clarifications were sought. Prof. Urs Wiesmann led the team through an interactive session where they went through all the proposed queries or statements, then narrowed down to a short list of preference queries. They went further to discuss three of the most important and practical queries i.e. rainfall, catchment characteristics and river discharge. They later came up with a framework of what is required in each query in terms of scope, parameters and mode of display with reference to the data available at the moment. A time frame of up to June 2017 was set for catchment characteristics and river discharge queries when they are expected to be completed.The afternoon session of the workshop was led by Mr. Njeru who guided the participants through the SHIP once more, this time focusing on modules that the team felt necessary to make some improvements.