Animal tracks in the bank

A suite of online data repositories have been established in recent years to host animal tracking records. As our workshop report (on animal telemetry) on page 14 points out, this gives us an opportunity to synthesise hundreds of thousands of animal telemetry datasets. Here are three examples of repositories.

Movebank: a free, online database of animal-tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. It helps animal-tracking researchers to manage, share, protect, analyze, and archive their data. Movebank has over four thousand users.

OzTrack: is a free web-based platform for analysing and visualising animal location data. It was primarily developed for the Australian animal telemetry community but can be used to assess animal movement and estimate space-use for individually-marked animals anywhere in the world.

SEATURTLE.ORG: As its suggests this organisation aims to organize the world’s sea turtle information and make it universally accessible and useful.

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