Data flow: linking water quality and open data

An inforgraphic showing the open data flow for Water Rangers

Water Rangers is a hub for water quality and open data

At Water Rangers, we build tools to enable community monitors to collect water quality data and share it in an open and accessible format. By collecting data for local waterways using Water Rangers tools, water testers gather important information that can be used for water conservation action. With our custom data platform, testers are able to collect and display data in a format that experts need. When experts are ready to make big decisions or investigate important scientific questions, they come to Water Ranges to view your observations and take them into account. By contributing, you are making a difference in how we understand our waterways!

Our data partners

Logo for DataStream, our partner in building a comprehensive water quality map across Canada. DataStream is an initiative of the Gordon Foundation.

We are working alongside large-scale data platforms, such as DataStream, to incorporate citizen science data alongside scientific monitoring. When you enter your data into Water Rangers, you are also contributing to large scale efforts such as that of DataStream. By having your data more accessible to experts on multiple platforms, you are helping fill the gaps in Canada’s freshwater monitoring networks.

To learn about how you can get involved in our pilot project with DataStream and link your observations, send us an email!.

Read more by downloading our white paper, Growing The Flow.

What’s coming…

We are working hard on creating new data links between citizen scientists and environmental monitoring networks, as well as encouraging the use of citizen science data in ecological research. The more observations and coverage we have, the better our decisions will be. Citizen scientists are an important part of Canada’s water monitoring network, and we are proud to offer the tools, resources, and databases to connect them to larger opportunities!