Using CanWIN


These help pages will assist you with navigating the CanWIN site, as well as finding, downloading and publishing your data on CanWIN.

Where to begin? ūü§Ē

  • For an introductory overview of navigating the CanWIN site, as well as its core features, click the button below. You will be taken to our CanWIN Public Guides site (read more about this site below).

         Navigating CanWIN

  • ¬†For detailed information on finding,¬†downloading, curating, and publishing data, see the menu options on the left.
  • See the FAQs below to find common questions users¬†have when visiting¬†the site.¬†

CanWIN Public Guides

Our CanWIN Public Guides offer more information about our CanWIN DataHub ecosystem (the CanWIN site and Data Catalogue, ERDDAP, Geonode) as well as data management resources and tools. See the table below for some of these key pages:

CanWIN Public Guides Page


CanWIN DataHub

Read more about our core data platforms.

CanWIN Best Practices

Learn about best practices for managing and curating your data throughout its life cycle.

CanWIN Primers

One-page primers on key data management concepts.

CanWIN Workshops

Find content from past data management workshops.

CanWIN Kaggle Scripts

Find interactive notebooks that can help with cleaning or manipulating data files. 


Learn more about CanWIN's APIs and how to retrieve data using command line tools, Python, and R.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common questions you may have regarding CanWIN and our services.

1. I have data I would like to upload, how can I submit my data and metadata to CanWIN?

If you would like to submit data to CanWIN's Data Catalogue, you can fill out our online metadata forms found on the Submitting Data Help page. Your data can be sent to us via email, or we can discuss the best way to access your data if email is not possible. We would also be happy to chat with you about what curation steps we recommend, and what are best practices for open-data sharing, before uploading your data.

2. I have been given permissions to manage my pages on CanWIN, how do I go about uploading data?

You can find information on uploading and managing your dataset on the Publishing Data Help pages. 

3. How do I request a DOI for my data?

If your dataset or project is already on CanWIN and you would like a DOI, simply email a data curator and one will be requested for you. If your data is not yet submitted to CanWIN, a data curator can help you with this process (see Question 1), and a DOI will be requested after the data is published.

4. How do I find and download a dataset?

Searching the Data Catalogue is a simple guide to finding data, and Downloading Data from CanWIN Pages will show you how to easily download both data and metadata.

5. What are licenses and which one should I use?

CanWIN provides users with various license options when uploading content to the Data Catalogue. Each license indicates what the user can and cannot do with the content they are downloading from your pages. Explore more on our Choosing a License page and learn how you can add to our Terms of Access statement to ensure your content is appropriately treated or acknowledged.