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Data Products

Here's the place to learn and talk about our data products - both current and future. Data products are primarily available through Data Search (Data Search Help page), as well as the Data Preview page and Hydrophone Viewer tool.

We have also developed public web services to access these data products, which can be used to automate data requests from Oceans 2.0.

The aim of this documentation is to help our users understand and make use of our data products. It is also useful as a detailed resource about data product specifications. This documentation is maintained as data products are improved and added. User input for new and improved data products is encouraged: you can email us (info@oceannetworks.ca) or press the (?) button in Data Search Step 3.

New Features and Highlights

  • See the latest release notes here.
  • New seismometer data products (initial version to be available ~July 4th)
  • SAStracker data products
  • Citations / Attributions added to all data products
  • RDI files are again available for internal use only (note that if the heading metadata is newer than the RDI file, it will be re-generated on the fly). The data product restriction maybe lifted on a per device basis via the data product permissions tab on the ONC Internal group on the User Management page - contact us if you wish to access this data.
  • Coming soon: Nortek 55 ADCP data products, cast plots, state of environment plots
     

    Current Data Products

    ID

    Data Product

    1

    Time Series Scalar Data (incl. stationary and mobile scalar devices)

    2

    Time Series Scalar Plot (incl. stationary and mobile scalar devices)

    3

    Borehole Temperature Time Series Plot

    4

    Log File

    5

    RDI ADCP Time Series

    7

    Audio Data

    9

    RDI ADCP Daily Current Plot

    10

    RDI ADCP Daily Intensity Plot

    14

    AVI Video

    18

    AGO Time Series Plot

    19

    BioSonics Time Series

    20

    Satlantic ISUS Time Series

    21

    Time Series Staircase Plot

    22

    Nortek Time Series (raw and processed formats)

    23

    MP4 Video

    24

    ASL Acoustic Profiler Time Series (AZFP, AWCP and ZAP echosounders)

    25

    CSEM Receiver Time Series

    26

    RDI Wave Time Series

    27

    Satlantic Radiometer Time Series

    30

    Imagenex Raw Data

    33

    COVIS Plume Imaging Raw Files

    34

    COVIS Diffuse Flow Raw Files

    35

    COVIS Plume Doppler Raw Files

    38

    Hydrophone Array Raw Data

    40

    COVIS Plume Imaging Time Series

    41

    COVIS Diffuse Flow Time Series

    42

    MOV Video

    43

    OGG Video

    44

    MPG Video

    45

    Hydrophone Spectral Data

    47

    COVIS DIFFUSESLOW Special Run Raw Files

    48

    Kongsberg Mesotech Rotary Sonar Data Product - SWEEP

    49

    Nortek Profiler Daily Currents Plot

    51

    Hydrophone Spectral Probability Density (SPD) Plot

    52

    Imagenex Manufacturer Formats

    56

    Time Series Scalar VPS Cast Data Product

    57

    Satlantic Radiometer VPS Cast Data Product

    58

    Nortek Time Series VPS Cast Data Product

    59

    Satlantic ISUS VPS Cast Data Product

    60

    ASL AWCP VPS Cast Data Product

    61

    Time Series Scalar Profile Plot

    63

    Image Set raw.zip

    64

    Image Set bmp.zip

    65

    Kongsberg Mesotech Rotary Sonar Data Product - SCAN

    66

    Kongsberg EM Series Raw ALL Data

    67

    COVIS Plume Doppler Data

    68

    EK60 Echosounder Data

    76

    Kongsberg EA600 Raw Data

    82

    Sequoia LISST Data

    90

    Time Distance Variable Scalar Plot

    91

    Spatial Scalar Plot

    97

    Kistler Accelerometer Data

    98

    Kistler Accelerometer Raw Files

    100

    Imagenex Rotary Data Product

    102

    Seismometer Data

    109

    Ice Buoy Time Series Profile Plots

    110

    Ice Buoy Profile Plots

    114

    CODAR Currents Data

    115

    CODAR Raw RNG Data

    116

    CODAR Raw CSS Data

    117

    CODAR Raw CSQ Data

    Search Type / Sort By Options

    Currently, the default search type is "Instruments by Location". This is the option visible on Data Search Step 1, entitled "Sort By:". The default option, "Instruments by Location", allows user to navigate to a location and select an instrument/device category from which to request data products in Data Search Step 2. For these search requests, data from multiple instruments of the same category are combined together to form a continuous time series. For example, to form a long time series of CTD data in Saanich Inlet, an "Instruments by Location" would stitch together the data from approximately 23 different CTD device deployments. The "Variables by Location" search type option is similar, except that users navigate to a location and select a sensor category variable, such as temperature, and then temperature sensor data is stitched together into a time series from the most appropriate devices at that location; also known as a "primary sensor search" or "search by water property". For many users, this search type is advantageous, as it does not require the user to know which device categories host which sensors and which of those are the best to use. For instance, many devices have temperature sensors, often auxiliary to the devices' main function, while the CTD devices generally have the best temperature sensors. The "Instruments By Category" search type option enables users to navigate to a device category, such as Hydrophone, then to a specific device (e.g. Ocean Sonics icListen HF Hydrophone 1252 (23155)) and then to a single device deployment (e.g. Cambridge Bay (03-Sep-2013 to 16-Sep-2014)). Users of this option are generally internal users and scientists who know the exact device they are interested in.

    Data Product Options

    For all scalar data products and some complex data products, users will be presented with options to customize their data products. These options are described in the individual data product pages. A compilation of the options is presented in the data product options page.

    Data Quality

    Data quality information is supplied by way of data quality flags and comments in the data products, as well as annotations listed in the metadata reports. See the Quality Assurance Quality Control page for more information.

    Metadata

    Metadata reports available with nearly all different data products. These PDF reports are produced automatically when a data search is completed and are made available via a link adjacent to the data, see step 3 in data search help. The reports contain extensive information about the data, including instrument location, deployment, calibration, data quality and data gaps.

    Mobile Data

    See the mobile device page to see how data products handle data from mobile devices.

    Data Availability

     
    Data availability is indicated in step 2. of Data Search. The green data availability bar is based on archived data and may not show data for the last 24 hours (until it is archived). All data that goes through the shore-station drivers is archived in a raw format nightly: log files. Some devices provide data through FTP or HTTP file transfers; the data availability graph will be accurate in that case and data products will be available in near real-time (usually delayed by a few minutes). Although the data availability bar doesn't show it, scalar data is available live: data is usually only a few seconds delayed as it comes up the wire and through the various parsing, conversion, calibrated and QAQC steps. Many complex data products (data that is multidimensional, such as acoustic backscatter or profile data) produce data from log files. These complex data products can, since October 2015, access the raw data prior to archiving, to produce near-live data, usually delayed by a few minutes. In all, users should be able to access near real-time data for all active devices, in addition to accessing historic data from as far back as 2002 (currently, we continue to acquire historic data).

    Citations

     
    The data products shall contain citation information wherever feasible, including attribution, so that all contributed parties maybe credited and acknowledgements given. Roles and dates will be included. The MAT file products all contain a metadata structure with citation information. While the text file products (CSV, ODV) have citation line(s) in their headers and plots will show a shortened version of the same text (no dates) below the plot. If a special citation is blank, the company default shall be used, if that is blank, the company name and role are used. Citation text appearing all products may be hidden with the "is citation required" field on the Network Console (for internal use only). All plots are capable of supporting a special logo, see the spectrogram data product as an example. The logo is taken from the highest priority citation with the "is logo required" field set to yes.

    Conventions

    Time-stamps: Time-stamps are always in UTC. For file-names and string dates, the format conforms to the ISO8601 convention: yyyymmddTHHMMSS. In some cases, the millisecond portion may be added: yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ. Numerical time-stamps within data product files may follow a different format as noted on the data product pages. For instances, numeric time-stamps within MAT files are in the MATLAB serial date format. When [resampling], the time-stamps are generally taken from the the centre of the resample interval.

    File-names: Note that the underscore character, "_", is used to separate the components of the names, while spaces, dots and other special characters are not included in file-names. File breaks are avoided as much as possible, but do occur for many reasons, including configuration or device changes, plus some data products have daily file breaks.

    For an "Instrument by Category" search (see the "Sort By:" option in Step 1), files will be named as follows: DEVICECODE_SENSORNAME_yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ_yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ-MODE.EXT where:

    • DEVICECODE is a descriptive string unique to each instrument.
    • SENSORNAME is the sensor name as it appears in data search, and is only included if a single-sensor data product was requested.
    • The first yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ is the time-stamp (ISO8601 format) of the first record in the file; the second yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ is the last time-stamp in the file (including data flagged and replaced with NaN). The date-to time stamp is not mandatory for all files; in particular, files streamed directly from the file archive will not get a data-to in their file-names. The time-stamp format optionally includes milliseconds: yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ, where 'FFF' are the milliseconds. If there is a data gap at the beginning and/or end of the search time range, the file-name dates will be different fropm the search time range. In the case of plotted products, the search time range sets the range of time axis so that users effectively control the horizontal scaling. Consequently, the file-name dates for plots will match the search time range, not the data time range.
    • MODE is optional text which allows files of the same extension to be differentiated. It is used for different operation modes (Kongsberg scan or sweep for instance) or different data product options or multiple formats of the same extension. For example, scalar MAT files will get an 'ANCILLARY' when on ADCPs so they are not confused with RDI MAT files. Data product option mode strings are used on scalar data products primarily, examples: '-NaN', '-clean', '-NaN_clean_avg15minute', '-MinMax1hour', see here for more details. Other data products supply file modes as described in their documentation.
    • EXT is the file extension.

    For an "Instrument by Location" search (see the "Sort By:" option in Step 1), files will be named as follows: STATIONNAME_DEVICECATEGORY_SENSORNAME_yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ_yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ-MODE.EXT, where:

    • STATIONNAME is the station name, including node and station names separated by dashes, for example: BarkleyCanyon-VPSUpperSlope.
    • DEVICECATEGORY is the device category, such as "CTD". If there is more than one device in the category, the file will contain multiple devices combined together for a long record of data.
    • SENSORNAME is the sensor name and is omitted for a device-level data product that contains multiple sensors.
    • yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ, MODE and EXT are as above.

    For a "Variables by Location" search (see the "Sort By:" option in Step 1), files will be named as follows: STATIONNAME_variables_SENSORCATEGORY_yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ_yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ-MODE.EXT, where:

    • STATIONNAME is the station name, including node and station names separated by dashes, for example: BarkleyCanyon-VPSUpperSlope.
    • SENSORCATEGORY is the sensor category, such as "Temperature" or "Conductivity". If there is more than one device in the category, the file will contain multiple devices combined together for a long record of data.
    • yyyymmddTHHMMSS.FFFZ, MODE and EXT are as above.

    Interoperability Partners

     
    These data products are linked to from Data Search Step 1.
     

    ID

    Data Product

    15

    ISDM Data Product

    16

    PANGAEA Data Product

    17

    POKM Data Product

    File formats

    Additional resources for available file formats is available here.

    If you have any data product related questions or would like to see additional data products, please let us know.
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