Water Quality Metadata Guideline

A new National Industry Guideline for water quality metadata will be considered for endorsement by WaMSTeC at the end of 2015.

The development of this guideline has been led by the QLD Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) with the support of the Bureau and is based upon work undertaken as part of a Modernisation and Extension fund project in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Extensive industry input and consultation has been a feature of the development and review processes for this guideline. A Technical Reference Group significantly contributed to final review and redrafting of the guideline in 2015 and has recommended it to WaMSTeC for endorsement. Following endorsement, the Bureau will publish the guideline on these webpages.

What will the guideline cover?

The guideline will apply to water quality data collected and being supplied to the Bureau under the Water Regulations 2008 by organisations named in the regulations. It will provide guidance about metadata elements that are meaningful and pragmatic for hydrographical, laboratory and hydrologic practitioners. The guideline will be applicable to both automated continuous water quality monitoring (e.g. using in-situ sensors or probes), tests performed in the field and grab samples sent for laboratory testing. Implementation of the guideline will facilitate consistent collection of water quality metadata, and will improve the interoperability, quality and future usefulness of the water quality data.

Modernisation and Extension Project on water quality metadata

The initial Water Quality Metadata Project was undertaken by the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and Arts with funding from the Australian Government Modernisation and Extension of Hydrological Monitoring Systems Program administered by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Following a series of consultations (surveys, face to face meetings and workshop) with representation from many water data collectors, managers and users across Australia, the project produced three reports. These reports propose a catalogue of protocols for water quality data including proposed water quality metadata:

Report A – Water Quality Metadata Guidelines (1.2MB)

Report B – Implementation Strategies (532KB)

Report C – Project Activity Report (1.3MB)

The Bureau extends its thanks to the project team and all concerned and particularly Rob De Hayr and Gabrielle Van Willigen who led the original project with such gusto.

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