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.

What’s new?

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.

The Upload Template can be accessed from DataStream’s Resources page.

An upcoming information session will also take place on October 29th, 2020 at 12pm EST. Registration is now open!

Get in touch

We welcome feedback on the new template and are here to answer any questions. Please contact us at any time.