Water Data Transfer Format

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Water Data Transfer Format (WDTF)
Developed by Australian Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO
Latest release
(December 13, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-12-13))
Type of format Irrigation Informatics
Extended from XML

Water Data Transfer Format (WDTF) is a data delivery standard implemented by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) that was jointly developed with the CSIRO.[1] The standard, released in 2009, specifies both the format of and the techniques used to deliver Australian water data measurements to the BoM.[2] Some private organisations and government agencies in Australia that collect water data are mandated to deliver it to the BoM according to the (Australian) Water Act 2007.[3]

An external meteorological data source that delivers data in WDTF-compliant forms is the CSIRO Land & Water's Automatic Weatherstation Network.[4] Data from this weatherstation network can be viewed in a web browser, downloaded at text values in CSV format, downloaded in a condensed XML format for machine-to-machine communications, or downloaded as WDTF-compliant data.

The use of WDTF is an example of work in the field of Irrigation Informatics.


  1. ^ Media Release:A clearer picture of Australia’s water resources, March 29, 2010, CSIROpedia
  2. ^ WDTF, Water Information: Regulations, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  3. ^ The Water Act 2007 and Water Regulations 2008, information sheet, Bureau of Meteorology
  4. ^ CSIRO Land & Water's Automatic Weatherstation Network

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