FAQs

Data management

We believe that data should be open, meaning that anyone can have access to it. All the data you upload is available to anyone who views our platform. You can also download any data on the website as a CSV file. Some groups use our platform to share their data with their community and use it to write reports and papers. Our data is connected to regional data hubs to make sure it reaches more people. Scientists also reach out to us for data for their projects.

Category: Data management

You don’t have to use our testkits to use our data platform. If you have your own testing equipment and want to upload your data, you can start a Group on our data platform and upload your data easily. For more information on how to add data and customize the forms to include all the parameters you test for, read this.

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Go to your observation, scroll down and click on “View Location Summary” on bottom left. Then scroll down the page and click on “Edit Location details” on the bottom left. This will take you to the form where you can adjust your location marker.

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Our data is available to download in two ways:

  1. Anyone logged in can go to a sample location and download the data. It’s free to get an account.
  2. Group administrators can download all data from their group (including specifying the date range). This is found in “Managing Group” area.
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You sure can! If you’re testing more than what’s in our testkit and want to make that part of your observation form on your phone or on our web platform, you can add sections.

All you need to do is log in to the platform on your desktop and click on “Your Profile”. Then go to “Edit Your Account” on the left hand side below your name.

Photo of a user profile.

Select “Observation Form” from the menu on the left hand side and you’ll see different options of parameters and tests that you can add to your observation form. If you can’t find something that you’re looking for, reach out to us to see how we can help!

Image of the different options of parameters and measurements that you can add to your form.
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Education

We have some helpful information for teachers here. We’re also working on a complete curriculum for teachers. We’re actively looking for educators to help us shape and test this curriculum. If you’d like to get involved or know more, then contact us.

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We love talking to kids about the work that Water Rangers does and how they can use the testkits! We’re actively looking for teachers to help us test and develop a curriculum around water testing with Water Rangers. If you’re interested in participating, please contact us.

If you want us to come give a presentation, you can contact us to see if we can come give a presentation. Keep in mind that although we have testers from all across North America and beyond, we are physically located in the Ottawa and Montreal regions. and we ask that our mileage be covered.

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Info for groups

The administrator of your group has the power change observations from other members. It’s a great way to do quality assurance of your own data. If you are the administrator of a group, you should see the option to edit an observation at the bottom left. Here’s how:

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You certainly can! You can learn all about creating a group here. It’s a great way to let people know your testing protocol and manage different testers in your group.

The group administrator has a lot of privileges. They can:

  • Create a testing region to let people know where you’re testing the water.
  • Invite users to be part of your group.
  • Download the data for all your group.
  • Edit any observations from other members in the group if you find a mistake.
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Partnerships

That’s a great initiative! We’re always happy to partner with organizations, non-profits, schools, etc. to co-write a grant proposal to set up citizen monitoring programs. We’ve had good success in the past, but of course we can’t guarantee anything. Contact us and let’s see if we can make it happen!

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Testkit store

Every item in our testkits has been carefully researched. We’ve compared them to other available items on the market to make sure we have the most reliable and user friendly equipment. You can learn more about how we chose the different items in our testkit on our research page.

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Volunteering

That’s great! We’re always looking for more stories. You can contact us, make sure to tell us your story and we’ll be in touch! We like to put our stories on our website and our social media.

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We love partnering with knowledgeable people that have something to share with our community. Reach out to us and let’s discuss it more! We can work on making a short video explaining a certain water parameter that you test for together, or write something for our stories page.

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Amazing! We always encourage people to start testing the water in what ever way is available to them! You can get one of our testkits or you can start gathering other data with equipment you have on hand. Your eyes are your best tool! You can go observe:

  • The water and the shoreline
  • Animals, plants, and fish you see
  • Does the water level look low, normal or high?
  • If you have a thermometer, you can easily measure the air and water temperature and record that as well.

You can also reach out to local environmental groups and see how they’re testing the water and ask if they need help.

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