|Directions for uploading
database accepts files in the CSV (comma separated values) format. As
such, the first row is always treated as the column headers. Each
column header is separated by tabs. Data values are delimited
horizontally within a row by commas and vertically within a column by
new paragraphs (i.e., by hitting the Enter button).
programs, such as Microsoft Excel and Google Spreadsheets, facilitate
the creation and conversion of csv files. Uploading your data in the
csv format allows the Global Biotraits Database to remain consistent
and easily accessible to a variety of researchers.
Below is an example which may be helpful:
'Genus' and 'Species' appear here in different rows,
spreadsheet programs can recognize both as column headers because they
are separated by tabs, not paragraphs. 'Animalia', on the other hand,
is separated from 'Species' by a new paragraph and thus can be
recognized as a data value belonging to 'Kingdom' under a new row. All
the data values within the row of 'Animalia' are separated by commas.
This allows the program to recognize which column header they belong
Directions adapted from Matthew Aquilina