Data Export: GLOSXML Format

The Data Export feature is a quick and simple data acquisition tool that allows users to download or send data through email or FTP in CSV or multiple XML formats without loading data directly onto the WQData LIVE page. This feature removes the latency associated with loading a substantial data set.

The GLOSXML format is one of three options within the Data Export tool. This option follows the standard data format recognized by the Great Lakes Observing System.

Data Export Tool

  1. From the Project Dashboard, select EXPORT | New Template from the dashboard header.

Data Export tool on the project dashboard.


  1. Under the General tab, insert a name and description for the export and choose from the following three data formats:

Data Export menu General configuration.



  1. The GLOSXML format must include a recognized station name that will be utilized within the GLOS data platform.
  2. Use the Select Parameter option (left image) to view the available parameters (right image) for the site that will export to GLOS.
    1. Utilize the search bar for quicker selection.

Data export parameter selection drop-down menu.

Export parameter list.


  1. The following features will need to be inserted for each parameter:
    1. Tag: The Tag represents the name of the parameter that will appear in the GLOSXML file.
      • Auto-Tag: An Auto-Tag may be selected if the parameter is within the Predefined Tag list and if there is not a duplicate parameter selected.
      • Predefined Tag: A Predefined Tag is one that WQData LIVE recognizes and will place in the GLOSXML file if selected. A Predefined Tag is useful for data exports that contain multiple parameters with the same name. View the Data Export Predefined Tag List¬†article to understand the Predefined Tags.
      • Custom Tag:¬†The user may insert a custom tag that will appear in the GLOSXML file for the selected parameter.

Data export parameter Tag selection.

Data export parameter Tag list.


    1. Depth Tag: The Depth Tag indicates the depth at which a sensor (dp###) or current profiler (dv###) is located within the water column in relation to other similar sensors. Users can thereby place the measurements from a temperature profile or current profile in order of depth within the GLOSXML file.

Data export Depth Tag selection.

Data export Depth Tag list.


    1. Depth Value: The Depth Value refers to the actual depth of each sensor using a predefined unit of measurement such as feet or meters. Users can include the units by selecting the Custom option and manually typing in the unit, e.g. ‘1-meter’.

Data export Depth Value selection.

Data export Depth Value list.


  1. Click Add Parameter to include the chosen parameter in the data export.

Example addition of Temperature parameter for the first temperature sensor at 1-meter depth. The preferred sensor order and depth units will vary.


  1. Repeat steps 2-4 until all desired parameters are selected.
  2. Follow the link below to set a date range for the Data Export.