Here at Makersite, we believe that your time is the most valuable thing that you own. We want you to be able to quickly import different processes and products into our database, so that you can concentrate on the impact of the data, and not on irrelevant implementation details.

So, to help you to quickly import and use your data at Makersite, we developped an import tool to help you to import open life cycle analysis (openLCA) data stored in the EcoSpold format.

This article will cover:

  • Which kind of file can be imported into the platform.

  • Who can access the EcoSpold feature.

  • How to use the EcoSpold importer to input data, and how to view that data when it has been imported.


Which kind of file can you import?

The importer accepts data from both version one and version two of the EcoSpold format.

The importer deals with open LCA data, which is saved as either a .spold or as a .xml file. The EcoSpold importer doesn’t read other file types. 

How to import a file in the EcoSpold importer?

Step 1

Log into your Makersite account or create one if you don’t already have.

Step 2

On your dashboard, you can see a list of all of the tools that Makersite makes available. To open the importer, click on “Makersite Tools” on the app bar, and select the importer interface.

Selecting the importer interface will open up a pop-up allowing us to choose which type of importer to use.

Step 3

Select the EcoSpold Importer (v2). Once you clicked, you will land on the EcoSpold import screen.

The EcoSpold uploader currently accepts EcoSpold (version 1) and EcoSpold2 (version 2) files, provided that they are saved in either XML format, or in the EcoSpold format (.spold). 

If your file is not in either of these formats, you will either have to convert it to these formats, or you can try using our other importers instead.

Step 4

There are two ways to upload a file. 

Method 1

Drag and drop the file into the uploader (anywhere inside the dotted line).

The upload begin when the center icon will change.

Wait for the file to finish uploading – once it does you will be automatically taken to the dynamic performance modelling page to view the information you have just uploaded.

Method 2

Alternatively, you can also browse to the place on your computer that the file resides. To do so, click on the “Upload File” on the top left of the screen.

This will open up a dialog box that will allow you to navigate to the file of interest.

Navigate to the file of interest and click on open. 

This will begin the upload. Once the upload is complete, you will automatically be taken to the product Dynamic Performance Modelling page, where you can examine the data at your leisure.

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