OCTOPUS

Software download and FAQ

OCTOPUS is a multi-format splitter and converter tool.

It replaces the former SeaDataNet tools Med2medSDN, Change_vocab_V1toV2, MedSDN2CFPoint, OdvSDN2CFPoint, offering a unique and ergonomic software able to convert files in a given SeaDataNet format to another SeaDataNet format (e.g.: ODV to NetCDF, MedAtlas to NetCDF, MedAtlas to ODV)

Octopus has also additional functions such as:

  • Split a multi-station SeaDataNet file into mono-station SeaDataNet files
  • Extract station(s) from SeaDataNet files
  • Check the compliance of SeaDataNet ODV and MedAtlas formats
  • Convert MGD v81 and v98 to SeaDataNet ODV  files

The following conversions are handled by OCTOPUS:

The Octopus software interface is bilingual (English/French) and the software is fit for use on several platforms (Windows 64 and 32 bits, Linux 32 and 64 bits).

OCTOPUS version 1.3.9

  • Adds-on
    • ODV files, date formats: check ISO format validity and consistency between dates an formats (metadata column headers and date primary variable in timeseries)
    • BODC terms management: detection of non existing or deprecated parameters. Automatic substitution of deprecated ones.
    • Improve log messages: display the name(s) of file(s) with error when converting a directory
    • Output file type: change 'keep/split' to 'Split to mono station files? yes/no' (no modification for batch mode)
    • Use a new Octopus version number notation: major.minor.build number
  • Bug corrections
    • ODV files: Management of all ISO date formats for the primary variable of time series and not only [YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss.sss] 
    • ODV files: empty lines or lines with only tabs do not generate error.
    • ODV files: Management of UTF8 files with BOM (Byte Order Mark)
    • Allow empty SDN references using SDN_REFERENCES notation (will be ignored)

See OCTOPUS presentation:

and corresponding video.

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