Data Tutorials

Welcome to the data tutorial section of the GLOBE website.  The resources on these pages are here to help you understand, and work with GLOBE data.

The purpose of the GLOBE Data User Guide is to help scientists and researchers understand, access, and use available GLOBE data. The scope includes data collected by GLOBE-trained teachers, students, and citizen scientists as well as data collected from automated weather stations and data loggers.  

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How to use the GLOBE Data Entry System to enter your school's data. [10:46]
 

Downloads and Additional Training Materials Available:

Download this video for offline viewing [80MB]

Download the presentation used in the video for offline use [3.6MB] - Updated with the GLOBE DE App and GLOBE Observer information
Espanol - 2. Tutorial de Ingreso de datos a un sitio

The GLOBE Community Support Team has recorded a demonstration video on how to add and remove sites in the GLOBE Data Entry tool. Visit: https://youtu.be/xBTaQEdUmg4

You can also follow along with the steps presented below. 


-- click on "Data Entry"
-- click on "Add site" next to the school where you want to add your site
-- add a name for your site in "Site Name"
-- fill out the "Latitude", "Longitude", "Elevation", and "Source of Coordinates Data" sections
-- add a site type (We'll use Atmosphere for this tutorial with the Other, Soil or Air thermometer type)
-- fill out the required sections that appear when adding a site type
-- if you know the information, fill out the non required sections as well
-- click "Create Site"
-- click on the "GLOBE Program Logo" to go back to the main Data Entry tool screen
-- click on the "+" next to the school name where you added your site
-- you should see your new site listed there

If you want to delete the site 
--click on "Delete site" and answer "Yes" to the prompt
NOTE: Only sites without any data entry measurements can be deleted. If you need help deleting a site with data entry measurements please contact help@globe.gov.


 

Site ID's are available in both the GLOBE Visualization tool as well as the GLOBE Data Entry tool. Below we will demonstrate how to access them using each tool.

If you want some background about General Format for Email Data Entry Measurements a guide is available at the following URL https://www.globe.gov/documents/10165/0/GLOBE+Email+Data+Entry+Instructions.html in the section 'General Format for Measurements'. Included below is an excerpt:

  • Depending on the protocol report being submitted, the original-format of the site identifier field is either a 6 character code (for example:  ATM-01), or a simple number 1 through 999. If you have an older site that was not created with the new GLOBE website, you may continue to use this format when specifying the site identifier/number. Sites created with the new GLOBE website no longer support the old site identifier/number format. The Site ID format below will work for sites created with the old GLOBE website, and must be used for sites created with the new GLOBE website.
  • The new GLOBE website assigns a numeric number (siteid) to every site created for an organization. The numeric siteid of an organization's site can be looked-up using the Data Entry application via the GLOBE website, or be provided by your Partner or Country Coordinator. If using this format, you may prefix the numeric siteid with 'SITE_ID:'.

    for example:  SITE_ID:51474

 

Also, Site ID allows you to not prefix the numeric siteid with 'SITE_ID:':

 

for example the following will work as well: 51474


 

GLOBE Visualization Tool method

-- log in to the GLOBE.gov website
-- click on your name (upper right-hand corner)
-- click on "My Page"
-- click on the name of your school
-- scroll down to the sites section and click on your site name
-- click on "Site Info" to see your Site ID

GLOBE Data Entry tool method

-- click on "Enter Data"
-- click "Edit site" next to the name of your site to see the Site ID

 

Bookmarks are a feature of the GLOBE Data Entry tool that require a GLOBE Site be defined prior to use. See our Sites tutorial to learn how to create the prerequisite site then follow along below to learn how to use Bookmarks.

-- log in to the GLOBE.gov website
-- click "Enter Data" from the home page
-- click on the plus icon next to the name of your school
-- click on the plus icon next to the name of your site
To create a bookmark:
-- click on the star icon next to the name of the protocol you want to bookmark
To delete a bookmark:
-- click on the "X" next to the name of the bookmark

 


School ID's are useful when doing Email Data Entry. Below we will demonstrate how to access them. Please note there are two school id's for legacy reasons. The legacy version is called School ID and the new recommended version is called Organization ID.

If you want some background about General Format for Email Data Entry Measurements a guide is available at the following URL https://www.globe.gov/documents/10165/0/GLOBE+Email+Data+Entry+Instructions.html in the section 'General Format for Measurements'. Included below is an excerpt:
 

  • The original-format of the school ID is an 8 character code that uniquely defines each school to the GLOBE data system. This ID is maintained for backward-compatibility, but is also generated for new organizations created through the new GLOBE website. This ID can be looked up through the GLOBE website, or provided by your Partner or Country Coordinator.

    for example:  GLIDN3JS
  • The new GLOBE website assigns a numeric number to every organization in GLOBE. If you prefer, you may use this ID instead of the old format. However, you must prefix the numeric ID with 'ORG_ID:'. This organization ID can be provided by your Partner or Country Coordinator.

    for example:  ORG_ID:
    10532858

School ID

-- log in to the GLOBE.gov website
-- click on "Manage"
-- click on "Users and Organizations"
-- click on the name of your school
-- the School ID is below the section called "GLOBE ID"

Organization ID

We recommend you use the Organization ID instead of the School ID. When using Organization ID you must to include a prefix of ORG_ID:

For example, ORG_ID:10532858

-- log in to the GLOBE.gov website
-- click on "Manage"
-- click on "Users and Organizations"
-- click on "Actions" next to the name of your school
-- click on "Edit"
-- the Organization ID is listed on the left of the page

 

**Note - Click the small square icon in the bottom right corner of the video to see full screen**

 
 

Introduction to Data Entry and How to setup a Data Site for your school to begin entering data into GLOBE. [11:23]
 

Downloads and Additional Training Materials Available:

Download this video for offline viewing [80MB]

Download the presentation used in the video for offline use [4.1MB]
Espanol - 1. Tutorial crear un sitio de ingreso de datos

There are many vendors making weather stations, each using a different method for sending weather station data to the GLOBE Database. Below we will cover what you need to know to setup a few of the most popular weather stations on the GLOBE.gov website. We will provide hints on what to do with the vendor software although we recommend contacting the vendor if you're having issues using their software. Be sure to check the "Supporting Protocols" section on this page for documents related to various Weather Stations.

DAVIS

If you have a weather station from DAVIS you will need to use the following settings in your GLOBE Data Entry Site to get started.

-- follow instructions in sites tutorial
-- change thermometer type to "Davis Instrument"
-- take note of your School ID and Site ID

A short presentation is available HERE providing software hints for sending your data to GLOBE with DAVIS

Also, a troubleshooting guide has been created and is available HERE providing troubleshooting tips connecting GLOBE to DAVIS

3D Printed

If you have a 3D printed weather station you will need to use the following settings in your GLOBE Data Entry Site to get started.

-- follow instructions in sites tutorial
-- change thermometer type to "Other, Soil or Air"
-- take note of your School ID and Site ID

Reporting data to GLOBE with a 3D Printed Weather Station requires custom code to email the data in using Email Data Entry (EMDE)

 

-- log in to the GLOBE.gov website
-- click on "Visualize Data"
-- click on "My Vis"
-- check the box labeled "Sites"
-- click on one of the red dots to view your site's data
-- for further help information click on the "?"

TIPS:

1. Organization pages contain links one can use to jump directly to a site.

2. The Vis system URLs are structured in a way that you can jump directly to a site if you know the SiteID: https://vis.globe.gov/GLOBE/?site_id=32534

    You can replace the SiteID number 32534 at the end of the URL after the = sign with any valid SiteID and Vis will show the data at that site to you. If you don't know the SiteID, you can always use the filters in Vis for various searching options that will help you find whatever site you need.

Visualize Your Data

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Retrieve Your Data

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How to use the GLOBE Visualization system to find, display, graph and retrieve data.

Downloads and Additional Training Materials Available:

Download the visualization tutorial (video) for offline viewing [134 MB]

Download the ADAT tutorial (video) for offline viewing [134 MB]

Download the Presentation (PowerPoint) used in the video [10 MB]

Download the full visualization tutorial (PDF)