A tool converting ecoSpold1 files into ecoSpold2 files is included in the ecoEditor software, which is used to create and edit datasets for the ecoinvent database version 3.
Providers of a dedicated LCA software which have widely adopted the ecoSpold1 format were assumed to implement import functions for ecoSpold2 data before the release of the ecoinvent database version 3. Software providers can contact the ecoinvent team for help to become ecoSpold2 compatible.
The open source ecoSpold data format version 1 (ecoSpold1) was launched in 2000 and has been the most widely used data exchange format for LCI data. ecoinvent was the first to use this data format for their own LCI database.
Other databases adopted the format and all important LCA software tools have an interface to use datasets in ecoSpold format.
However, LCA software have developed since the release of ecoSpold1. To take advantage of all the new developments a new revision of the ecoSpold format became necessary. An ad-hoc expert working group was formed by ecoinvent to guide the revision process, and an open hearing has been conducted among users of the ecoSpold format, in order to collect their input and wishes for a new ecoSpold format version 2. The result of this hearing and the way the input has been treated can be seen in a public report.