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WISE SoE data request 2018

Released on 2018-10-02

To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs for Water emissions
To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs Water quantity
To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs for Water quality and ecological status
To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs for Marine, coastal and maritime

Cc: WISE SoE - Emissions (WISE-1) Reporters
Cc: WISE SoE - Water Quantity (WISE-3) Reporters
Cc: WISE SoE - Water Quality (WISE-4) Reporters
Cc: WISE - Spatial Data (WISE-5) Reporters

Cc: Eionet National Focal Points

From Stéphane Isoard
Head of Group - Water and Marine
European Environment Agency

Dear Colleague,

This is to launch the 2018 WISE-SoE annual data request, which will run from Tuesday 2nd October until Monday, 31st December 2018. Data are requested for:

  • Emissions to water (WISE-1)
  • Water quantity (WISE-3)
  • Water quality (WISE-4)
  • Spatial data (WISE-5)

The data collection models for this call are unchanged since those used since the 2015 Data Call.

The WISE-1 data collection model is identical to the one used since the 2015 Data Call. However it now includes riverine input loads and direct discharges to the sea, which will be ignored in 2018 since there is no marine data call in 2018.

The WISE SoE - Spatial Data (WISE-5) data flow includes the spatial reference datasets following the same data models used in the WFD – RBMPs - 2016 spatial data reporting. Data Providers not reporting under the WFD are expected to report information under WISE-5. Data Providers reporting under the WFD (Member States and Norway) may also exceptionally use WISE-5 to provide information on EIONET spatial objects not covered by the WFD reporting.

The 2018 WISE SoE data request will be open over a period of three months. A number of different data reporting exercises have their legal deadline at the end of December 2018, so to improve the stability and availability of the Reportnet systems, if necessary EEA may request that the WISE SoE deliveries be interrupted or significantly reduced during December. The final feedback on any released envelope will be provided during the reporting period.

Please use the Reporting Obligations Database (ROD) to locate the relevant information about:

Note that the EEA, in accordance with its data policy, publishes all data reported by countries, aggregated and disaggregated.

Reporting process

Please contact your EIONET NFP if you require reporting permissions on a given dataflow, so that your user name is added to the authorised reporter list:

Guidance documents and format conversion tools are available in the following CDR help pages:

Always download the latest data templates from the Data Dictionary.

EEA has during the last year updated the reported spatial data and worked on ensuring consistency between the spatial objects reported in relation to WISE - Spatial Data (WISE-5) and the Water Framework Directive - River Basin Management Plans - 2016 Spatial data reporting. For the 2018 data call, EEA has developed a dashboard providing an overview of the spatial data reported by countries. The dashboard is available via this link WISE_5_2018_DataCall. For the data call, the country pre-filled files are already in the WISE restricted access area. There is also a document explaining How to use the EIONET prefilled shapefiles to report under WISE-5.

Data files should be uploaded to the Central Data Repository (CDR).

The following file formats are accepted:

  • Microsoft EXCEL files (XLS or XLSX) - Accepted in WISE-1, WISE-3 and WISE-4. Always use the conversion tool to export large spreadsheet files to XML. Please read the reporting guidance document for further information.
  • XML files - XML files can be uploaded directly to the CDR envelopes. This includes INSPIRE compliant metadata files delivered under WISE-5.
  • Shapefiles (WISE-5 only) - It is not possible to upload shapefiles directly to CDR envelopes. Always use the conversion tool to export to GML format (available in WISE-5 CDR help page).
  • GML files (WISE-5 only) - GML files can be uploaded directly to CDR envelopes.
  • PDF files - Generic information, such as methodological information, can be provided using PDF files. Please be aware that such information will not be harvested or integrated in the European datasets.

You may use CDRSandbox to test your data. Please test with small files, so that you can detect structural errors and identify frequent QC errors. Small EXCEL files can be uploaded directly (and automatically converted by the Reportnet systems), which provides a faster way to test and improve the quality of your delivery.

If your data delivery was released and technically accepted, you may still deliver additional data (or correct the data that was previously delivered) by creating a new envelope. Please note that only the last reported instance of each record (i.e. the determinand measured at specific monitoring site at specific date) will be kept in the European datasets. Please contact if you need technical support.

If your data delivery was released and a correction was requested, you may still submit a revised full delivery in a new envelope. Please contact if you need assistance with redeliveries.

Watch list reporting

The Watch List is a requirement under the Priority Substances Directive 2008/105/EC as amended by Directive 2013/39/EU. Further to DG ENV’s letter to Water Directors (Reporting of watch list monitoring data, 24th October 2016) EU Member States can report their watch list water concentration data through WISE-4, in the same way it was done in 2016 and 2017.

Data Providers should write “watchlist” in the remarks field to highlight the data to be considered for this dataflow. Please be aware that reporting well in advance of the 20th December deadline is recommended, in case the WISE data call is interrupted during December.

Helpdesk and support

  • Contact WISE-SoE helpdesk for question related to the content, format or quality control of the WISE-1, WISE-3, WISE-4 or WISE-5 data:
  • In case of login problems or any other technical difficulties with Eionet services, please contact Eionet helpdesk:

Please remember that emails sent in CC to the above email addresses are automatically discarded by the system. User requests can be internally forwarded to the appropriate support team, so it is not necessary or advisable to send requests simultaneously to both helpdesk teams.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and look forward to a successful data reporting exercise. Please note that the European datasets from this and previous submissions will be available at the EEA Water Data Centre.

Stéphane Isoard
Head of Group - Water and Marine
European Environment Agency