Rosetta, Unidata's Data Translation Tool, is a web-based service that lets data collectors transform ASCII-format data into Climate and Forecast (CF) compliant netCDF files. Rosetta's graphical interface allows users of the tool to provide metadata describing what data are contained in the file, the instruments used to collect the data, and other critical information that might otherwise be difficult to keep track of.
While Rosetta was originally designed for use with the output from data loggers, it can be used with ASCII-format data from virtually any source. And while netCDF is Rosetta's “native” output format, results can also be stored in comma-separated values (CSV) format for use in workflows that do no incorporate netCDF.
Rosetta fits into your data management workflow if you are collecting data from a device that saves data in ASCII-format files. A web interface allows you to specify a data file for upload, supply relevant metadata, and retrieve the combined data and metadata in netCDF or another standard file format.
Rosetta is currently a web-based service offered by the Unidata Program Center. As such, it requires only an internet connection. (In the future, Unidata may make a locally-installable version of Rosetta available.)
For more information, see: Rosetta.