Atlantic DataStream is an open access platform for sharing information on freshwater health. It currently allows users to access, visualize, and download full water quality datasets collected by 23 monitoring groups from Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
Our mission is to promote knowledge sharing across watersheds and advance collaborative decision-making, so our waters remain healthy for generations to come
Who We Are
DataStream is led nationally by The Gordon Foundation and delivered in collaboration with regional monitoring networks. Atlantic DataStream activities are coordinated locally by the Atlantic Water Network (formerly CBEMN) out of St. Mary’s University.
The Gordon Foundation is a philanthropic charity with a longstanding commitment to protecting Canada’s water. The Foundation supports innovative research, communication, and collaboration to strengthen citizen engagement in freshwater management, and to drive the development of sound freshwater policy.
The Atlantic Water Network (formerly Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network) acts as a catalyst and support system for water monitoring in the Atlantic region by providing equipment from the Environmental Equipment Bank and training to volunteers, interns, and staff of community organizations.
Support for the incorporation of blockchain technology into DataStream is powered by RBC and rolled out in communities in collaboration with WWF-Canada. This technology improves data security, tracking and transparency on DataStream. This collaboration showcases how blockchain, open data and citizen science can be used to create a culture of evidence-based decision making to ensure freshwater health.
RBC Foundation supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships, community investments and employee volunteer activities. Learn more at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability
Evolution and Growth
DataStream was first piloted in the Mackenzie Basin through a unique collaboration between The Gordon Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories, Mackenzie DataStream’s Founding Partner. Today, Mackenzie DataStream is integral to the delivery of the Northwest Territories Water Strategy. The success of DataStream throughout the Mackenzie Basin has allowed this model to be expanded to Atlantic Canada and the Lake Winnipeg Basin.
The Gordon Foundation is committed to the long-term success of DataStream. In collaboration with regional monitoring networks, we aim to build and support DataStream hubs across Canada to meet regional needs.
Director, Water Program
Senior Software Developer
Aquatic Ecologist and Limnologist
DataStream is built with and for a growing community of water champions. DataStream is much more than software, it is a space to bring people and data together, so we can better care for the waters we share.
DataStream is designed to be as compatible as possible with existing data standards and emerging web technologies. This enables diverse programs and complementary systems to work together (inter-operate).
Caring for our waters requires long-term thinking. That’s why we are committed to ensuring DataStream is sustainable over time, providing a safe and secure home for water quality data.
DataStream is open-access, meaning it’s free and open for anyone to use. We work closely with data stewards and partners to continually improve DataStream so it’s as user-friendly as possible.