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Thursday, 27 October 2016 Edited by: Anita Künitzer, Olaf Büttner, Fernanda Néry, Marek Staron, Stéphane Isoard, Caroline Whalley

WISE SoE data request 2016


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

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 PCPs and NRCs for Marine, coastal and maritime
Cc: Eionet National Focal Points



From Stéphane Isoard, EEA


Dear Colleague,

The 2016 WISE SoE annual data request will run from Tuesday, 1st November until Tuesday, 28th February 2017. Data are requested for:

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

As communicated on the 20th June 2016, the next SoE data request for transitional, coastal and marine waters (WISE-TCM) and for biological data in transitional and coastal waters (WISE-2) is planned for October 2017.

The European datasets from previous submissions are available at the EEA Water Data Centre.

The 2016 WISE SoE data request will be open over a period of 4 months. A number of different data reporting exercises have their legal deadline at the end of December 2016, 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.

Please try to deliver your data early in the data collection period, taking advantage of the fact that the data collection model is identical to the one in the 2015 Data Call. Do contact wisesoe.helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu if you need ETC's assistance in preparing your data delivery.

Please note that the ETC will be providing the final feedback on any released envelope during the reporting period, not after the end of the data collection period. Be aware that envelopes released after the end of the data collection period (2017-02-28) will only be harvested and processed as part of the 2017 data call.

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


Reporting process

As requested by EIONET countries, a new role structure for reporters of Eionet agreed data flows has been created by EEA. All reporter roles have been pre-filled as much as possible, based on users in the respective NRC role. Furthermore, any user who made data uploads to CDR during 2016 for the given data flow has been copied into the new role structure. A new functionality has been implemented so that NFPs can view, add and remove data flow reporters. Please contact your NFP if you require reporting permissions on a given dataflow.

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

Always download the latest data templates from the Data Dictionary.

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 not possible to upload shapefiles directly to CDR envelopes. Always use the conversion tool to export to GML format.
  • 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 records (in the case of partial deliveries) will be kept in the European datasets. Please contact wisesoe.helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu 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 wisesoe.helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu if you need assistance with redeliveries.


Watch list reporting

The Watch List is a requirement under the Priority Substances 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.

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.


Reporting of spatial data

The WISE - Spatial Data (WISE-5) data flow includes the spatial reference datasets relevant for the Water Information System for Europe. It follows the same data models used in the Water Framework Directive - River Basin Management Plans - 2016 spatial data reporting.

It is expected that only Data Providers not reporting under the WFD (e.g. non-EU Member States) will report information under WISE-5.

Data Providers reporting under the WFD may also use WISE-5 to provide information on EIONET spatial objects not covered by the WFD reporting, although it is expected that this will be an exceptional situation.

Please contact wisesoe.helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu if you need assistance with the WISE-5 reporting.


Helpdesk and support

  • Contact WISE-SoE helpdesk for question related to the content, format or quality control of the WISE-1, WISE3, WISE-4 or WISE-5 data: wisesoe.helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu
  • In case of login problems or any other technical difficulties with Eionet services, please contact Eionet helpdesk: helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu

Please remember that emails send 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.


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