New DataStream Upload Template (v2.0)
August 10, 2020
DataStream’s new Upload Template (v2.0) makes it easier for data stewards to format data while allowing for new data types like sediment.
The template helps water monitoring organizations to structure and share their data using DataStream’s open data schema, which is enhancing data quality and harmonization across Canada.
New data types
In addition to water quality data, DataStream is now able to accept additional related data types including ambient air and sediment data.
Easier data formatting
Once the details for monitoring locations, parameters (characteristics), and results are entered in the appropriate sheets of the template, this information is used to populate an upload-ready file for DataStream. This new system reduces data formatting workload and room for human error, while providing a helpful tool to support data management best practices.
Greater alignment with WQX
We’ve made a number of updates to further align with the WQX standard for the exchange of water quality data – one of the most widely adopted standards in North America for water quality data. DataStream’s Upload Template v2.0 follows the April 2020 release of WQX 3.0.
Watch a recording of one of our information sessions on how to use the new template.
The Upload Template can be accessed from DataStream’s Resources page.
Get in touch
We welcome feedback on the new template and are here to answer any questions. Please contact us at any time.
FAIR and CARE Data Principles
Technology has helped facilitate the growth of data sharing and the rise of open data – a movement that DataStream is proud to be part of. When water data is open and accessible it can be used to better inform decision-making and stewardship efforts.
The Canada Water Agency must tap into the sector's innovations
The creation of a Canada Water Agency, mandated by the federal government last year, is a unique opportunity to improve freshwater stewardship in this country.
DataStream Publishes Open Data Standard to Support Water Science
The publication of an open data standard is enabling valuable freshwater data to be organized, accessed, and shared in a harmonized way. This data standard underpins DataStream, a growing online platform for sharing water data collected by Canada’s diverse water monitoring and research community.