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Sharing Sensor Data on Monitor My Watershed

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1.Introduction #

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Monitor My Watershed® (http://monitormywatershed.org/) lets you share and explore sensor data from the EnviroDIY™ environmental science and monitoring community (https://www.envirodiy.org/) and macroinvertebrate data from the Leaf Pack Network® (https://leafpacknetwork.org/). Monitor My Watershed is part of the WikiWatershed® toolkit (https://wikiwatershed.org), an initiative of Stroud™ Water Research Center.

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2.Create an Account #

Click the “Sign Up” button on the Monitor My Watershed homepage or click “Sign Up” in the main menu. Fill out the registration form:

  1. Enter your first and last names.Please note that your first and last names will be displayed publicly with your data; if you do not want your name to be visible, please do not sign up for an account.
  2. Enter your email address. This will be used for password recovery and will not be visible to the public.
  3. Choose a username. Make a note of this as it is what you will use to log in; the site does not allow you to log in with your email address.
  4. Choose and confirm a password.
  5. Enter your organization: begin entering the common name of your organization to check the list of existing organizations. If you see “No results found,” clear your entry, click on the drop-down list, choose “Add New Organization.” People will be able to search the data by organization so make sure you do not create a duplicate entry for an existing organization.
  6. Agree to the Terms of Use and click the Register button.

If you need to edit your account after registration:

  1. Click the “Logged in as (username)” link in the main menu, then click “My Account.”
  2. Click the pencil icon.
  3. Make the desired changes and click “Save Changes.”
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3.Site Data #

You have to register the site where you performed the experiment before you can enter experiment data.

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3.1.Add a Site #

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. Click on the “Register a new site” button and fill out the form. Hover over the question mark icons for help text.
  3. Click the “Register Site” button.
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3.2.View a Site #

To view your own site:

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. Scroll down to the “My Registered Sites” section and click on the site name of the site you’d like to view.

To browse sites shared by others:

  1. Click on “Browse Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. In the “Browse Data Collection Sites” sidebar, under “Data Types,” check the “EnviroDIY” box.
  3. Click on a map marker and then on the “View data for this site” link.
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3.3.Follow a Site #

  1. Click on “Browse Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. In the “Browse Data Collection Sites” sidebar, under “Data Types,” check the “EnviroDIY” box.
  3. Click on a map marker and then on the “View data for this site” link.
  4. Check the “Follow” box in the right corner above the map. The sites you follow will appear on your “My Sites” page, below your registered sites.
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3.4.Edit a Site #

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu. Scroll down to find the site you’d like to edit. Click on the Site Code to go to the site page.
  2. Once on the site page, click the blue “Edit” button.
  3. Edit your site data and click the “Save Edits” button.
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3.5.Delete a Site #

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu. Scroll down to find the site you’d like to edit. Click on the Site Code to go to the site page.
  2. Click the red delete button above the map to delete the experiment.
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4.Sensor Data #

After registering your site, you’re ready to add sensor data to it.

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4.1.Sending Data From a Data Logger #

Detailed instructions on how to send sensor data from an Arduino data logger can be found in the EnviroDIY GitHub repository, Modular Sensors wiki.

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4.2.REST POST Request Syntax #

REST POST request syntax examples can be found in documentation on the Monitor My Watershed GitHub repository.

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4.3.Uploading CSV Sensor Data #

  1. You must be logged in to MonitorMyWatershed.org and be the owner of the site in order to upload data. (Detailed instructions for registering a site on Monitor My Watershed are available on EnviroDIY.org.)
  2. Make sure that you’ve registered all the variables for your site.
    1. Add sensors/variables as needed by selecting “Manage Sensors” in the Sensor Observations section of your site page and adding them with the “+” button.
    2. Note: many sensors can record multiple types of data or “variables” – e.g., conductivity and temperature. For those sensors, you must add every variable you’re measuring independently.
  3. Create a comma delimited data file (csv) with your sensor values and time stamps
    1. Only include data from a single site; do not mix data from multiple sites!
    2. The timestamp must be in the first column with data values in subsequent columns.
    3. The timestamp must be formatted as yyyy-mm-dd HH:MM:SS (e.g., 2019-07-31 11:15:00). If you are editing your file in Excel, you must manually select this date format. By default, Excel will format the timestamp incorrectly! To manually select the correct date format:
      1. Select the cells containing timestamp data.
      2. Right-click and select “Format Cells.”
      3. Make sure you are on the “Number” tab and that “Custom” is selected in the Category list.
      4. The “Type” field will show m/d/yyyy h:mm. DELETE that format completely and type in yyyy-mm-dd HH:MM:SS.
      5. Click OK to save the changes. Please note: the “Custom” time format is not persistent. If you open the file again with Excel it will revert back to Excel default timestamp format and you will have to change it to yyyy-mm-dd HH:MM:SS again. You may consider using a text editor like Notepad or Notepad++ for any subsequent file editing.
    4. All of your timestamps must be in the same time zone – that is, not corrected for daylight savings time. If your timestamps are in local time (with a daylight savings time adjustment) you must recalculate the times to be in a single time zone.
  4.  Add the following header rows to the top of your CSV:
    Sampling Feature UUID:  [sampling feature UUID]
    Date and Time in UTC[timezone]
    Result UUID: [variable 1 UUID] [variable 2 UUID] [variable 3 UUID]
    [yyyy-mm-dd HH:MM:SS]               [data] [data] [data]
    1. Replace [sampling feature UUID] with the sampling feature UUID shown at the bottom of the site information on your site page.
    2. A UUID is a Universally Unique Identifier (also called a GUID or Globally Unique Identifier). They are 36 characters long and are made of numbers 0-9 and the letters a-f, e.g.,12345678-abcd-1234-efgh-1234567890ab.
    3. Hint: Clicking on the text of the Sampling Feature UUID on the page will cause it to be copied to your clipboard.
    4. Replace [timezone] with the correct UTC offset of your data. Eastern Standard Time would be UTC-5.
    5. Replace [variables 1 UUID] (and subsequent variables) with the UUID of those variables.
    6. The UUID for each variable is shown below the plot of recent data for that variable on the site page. You can also see the UUID of a variable at the top of the window when editing an already existing variable (but not when creating a new one).
    7. Hint: the UUIDs necessary to upload data to Monitor My Watershed will be visible under the plot for each variable or all together via the white button at the top of the page. You have to be logged in and the owner of the site in order to get these UUIDs. If you are not logged in or do not own the site, you will not be able to see any UUIDs or upload any data files. Each individual UUID can be quickly copied by hovering your mouse over the value and clicking on it. Note that the registration token is not needed to upload csv files. That value is only needed to post live data. Button to view the token UUID list
    8. Add your data below the header.
  5. Here is an example of a file ready for upload. Remember, if you view this CSV file in Excel, the timestamp will be automatically converted and will no longer be in the correct format!
  6. Upload the file to your site by selecting “Manage Sensors” in the Sensor Observations section of your site page and clicking on the paper clip button below the list of variables. Navigate to and select your file and then click “upload.”
    1. The maximum size for a single file at this time is only 1MB. If your file is bigger than that, you will need to break it into multiple files.
    2. After you click the upload button, it may take some time for the file to be processed. A pop-up will appear at the bottom of the page and you will receive an email with the processing finishes.
    3. You should be able to see the uploaded data immediately after the processing finishes on both your site page and in Time Series Analyst.
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5.Ask a Question #

If you’ve reviewed this document and still have a question or issue, please submit it on the Contact page (https://wikiwatershed.org/contact/).

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6.Credits #

Monitor My Watershed® is part of WikiWatershed®, an initiative of Stroud™ Water Research Center (https://www.stroudcenter.org/). The Stroud Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

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Documentation Contributors

  • Sara Damiano, Stroud Water Research Center
  • Heather Brooks, Stroud Water Research Center
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7.Send Us Feedback #

Please help us improve this guide. You can leave feedback by looking for the “Was this helpful? Yes or No” text at the end of each section. If your answer is no, or if you see something that needs to be changed, please use the “Suggest an edit” link and fill out a quick form. Your feedback will not be displayed on the web page but will be emailed to the webmaster.

Additional resources can be found at https://wikiwatershed.org/help/sensor-help/. If you’ve reviewed the resources and still need help, or if you would like to report a bug, please use our contact form (https://wikiwatershed.org/contact/).

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