Great Lakes DataStream is an open access platform for sharing information on freshwater health. It brings together water quality datasets collected by monitoring groups throughout the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Basin.
Our mission is to promote knowledge sharing across watersheds and advance collaborative decision-making, so our waters remain healthy for generations to come
Who We Are
DataStream Initiative is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to advancing freshwater protection through open data flows. The online DataStream hubs improve access to water quality data in Canada and are delivered in collaboration with regional monitoring networks.
The Gordon Foundation is a philanthropic charity with a longstanding commitment to protecting Canada’s water. The Foundation supports innovative research, communication, and collaboration to strengthen citizen engagement in freshwater management, and to drive the development of sound freshwater policy. DataStream Initiative was developed and incubated within The Gordon Foundation. Moving forward, The Gordon Foundation is committed to supporting the long-term success of DataStream Initiative, including the development of DataStream hubs across Canada to meet regional needs.
Support for the incorporation of blockchain technology into DataStream is powered by RBC. This technology improves data security, tracking and transparency on DataStream. This collaboration showcases how blockchain, open data and citizen science can be used to create a culture of evidence-based decision making to ensure freshwater health.
RBC Foundation supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships, community investments and employee volunteer activities. Learn more about the RBC Foundation at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability
Evolution and Growth
DataStream was first piloted in the Mackenzie Basin through a unique collaboration between The Gordon Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories, Mackenzie DataStream’s Founding Partner. Today, Mackenzie DataStream is integral to the delivery of the Northwest Territories Water Strategy. The success of DataStream throughout the Mackenzie Basin has allowed this model to be expanded to Atlantic Canada, the Lake Winnipeg Basin and the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence region.
In 2020, DataStream received its own charitable status, and The Gordon Foundation remains committed to supporting its long-term success. The vision is for DataStream to become a pan-Canadian platform with regional hubs across the country to support local needs.
DataStream Program Manager
Executive Director, Water Programs
Senior Software Developer
Water Data Specialist
DataStream Product Manager
DataStream Operations Coordinator
Aquatic Ecologist and Limnologist
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Associate Director, Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre
Hydrogeologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor
DataStream is built with and for a growing community of water champions. DataStream is much more than software, it is a space to bring people and data together, so we can better care for the waters we share.
DataStream is designed to be as compatible as possible with existing data standards and emerging web technologies. This enables diverse programs and complementary systems to work together (inter-operate).
Caring for our waters requires long-term thinking. That’s why we are committed to ensuring DataStream is sustainable over time, providing a safe and secure home for water quality data.
DataStream is open-access, meaning it’s free and open for anyone to use. We work closely with data stewards and partners to continually improve DataStream so it’s as user-friendly as possible.