Using the Archive Dataset Tool in eClimateNotebook When Moving Dataloggers

When a PEM2 data file is uploaded to eClimateNotebook and a Location Dataset Name is assigned to the file, eCNB will recognize the logger serial number associated with the file and remember that association. Every time new data from that logger’s serial number is uploaded eCNB automatically connects the associated Location Dataset Name to the data.

A situation may arise in which you need to relocate a datalogger, and when that happens you will want the new location data to be uploaded to a new or different location dataset. Before uploading the new data, you will need to first break the association between the logger’s serial number and the old Location Dataset Name. This is done by using the Archive Dataset tool, found on eCNB’s Data History page (Data Manager > Data History).

Under the Actions column you will see a series of icons. The last icon on the far right, which resembles a briefcase, is the Archive Dataset tool (Fig 1).

Figure 1

When you click on this icon, a warning message will appear noting that the action cannot be undone (Fig 2).

Figure 2

Once you click on the Archive button, the association with that logger will be broken. eClimateNotebook will also change the name of the data file by adding a “ECNBARCHIVE” suffix (Fig 3).

Figure 3

From this point forward any data from that serial number will be treated as a new upload with the serial number as the default Location Dataset Name; at which point you can either assign it a new Location Dataset Name or begin typing in a name and select from the existing list of datasets that appears in the dropdown.

If the relocation was temporary (say the logger was needed for a short-run exhibition and now is being returned to its normal location), you can reestablish the association by recording new data in the “old” location, and when you’re ready to upload the data begin typing in the name of the archived dataset. It will appear in the dropdown list (minus the ECNBARCHIVE suffix), and once you select it and click on OK the serial number is now once again associated with that dataset and the suffix is removed; making it an active dataset (Fig 4).

Figure 4

If you are a Professional or Professional Plus subscriber and you have created your hierarchy, the dataset will not lose its hierarchy assignments.

Please note, if you have a limited number of datasets per your subscription level, an archived dataset still counts towards your total number of used datasets. For example, if you have a Basic Subscription which allows for up to 10 unique datasets, and you have 9 dataloggers recording data plus your local Weather Data; you have utilized all 10 of your allotted datasets. If you archive one of your datasets, you are still using 10 datasets and have no remaining datasets left. To free up a dataset you must export the data (to save as a backup) and then delete the dataset.