Volume 45 Number 2
Website of the Month: One for the Money, Two for the Trade Show—Looking for Dates on the World Wide Web
Whether it’s a newspaper or a magazine, everyone has their favorite section. At WC&P, we’ve never conducted a scientific study on what portion of the magazine garners the most attention. As a member of the editorial team, you can be certain I hear from authors or other interested parties (companies, PR firms, water treatment professionals, etc.) when they feel a news item, article or other submission was misrepresented or omitted. But that goes with the territory, and it’s good to know people care about our content.
An area where we reach out diligently to find items is the “Upcoming Events” department located near the front of each issue. Sure, some sponsors will send us notice about their show, but oftentimes we must find overlooked conferences or expos so we can offer you the most comprehensive listing in the industry. While the WQA and other sites (seeFYI) are always reliable sources, we’ve chosen a few here that could supplement anyone’s search for places to go and people to see in the water treatment business.
Under each month/year designation, the start date is given for each show. More importantly, the name of the show is typed in blue and equipped with a link for more information. Upon clicking on a link, you’re sent to a very basic contact page that provides a website and email address. Some sites will send you directly to the show organizer’s website. This works just as well. It also allows the show sponsor to make any changes or additions to the listing. This is a free service, if any organizer is interested.
Clearly, this listing is international and doesn’t overlook too many shows. I found a few incomplete listings as to contact information. But that can be just as much the fault (if not more) of the organizer than the website proprietor. Overall, the visitor gets a rather eclectic mix of trade shows, which is expected under the very extensive term of "water." Just scanning over February/March 2003, I find conferences on topics such as aquatic sciences, flood forecasting and electromagnetic waves. To be fair, most of the shows would relate well to the point-of-use/point-of-entry industry.
For those seeking water treatment trade shows, which I would imagine includes 99 percent of us, navigating through the site can be a little awkward. Allow me to save you some time. (Judging from the site’s home page, I also think the designers see the same conundrum since they have placed a search button near the top). Your best option is to enter "water" or "water treatment" in the search box and let the site provide 37 different events (at least in this case).
Of course, once you get to the list of events, don’t forget your comb because you will be sifting a lot here unless you are actually seeking shows regarding water flooding and "sales and tax use." Huh? I am not sure how that listing came up. Then again, with the recent accounting and auditing debacles, perhaps this isn’t so far-fetched. Some of the more apropos events include water treatment for injection and production, pharmaceutical water systems and water system design.
Making the grade with the trade
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