2.2 Locations

Locations refer to the physical, geographic places at which environmental sensors were deployed and/or biological data was collected on the landscape. They are one of the most important components in WildTrax as media and metadata are linked by the location. Organizations control and manage access to locations.

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2.2.1 Creating locations

  • Click the  tab in the organization dashboard
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Clicking   will open the location form, where you can add the spatial metadata to the location. The fields and description of the location table can be found below:

  • Location name: the prefix of the location
  • Latitude: A 10-digit numeric value in decimal degrees (e.g. 54.67890918)
  • Longitude: A 10-digit numeric value in decimal degrees (e.g. -115.0109191)
  • Elevation: Elevation from sea level (meters)
  • Visibility Toggle: Visibility option for the location
  • Location Buffering: Buffering option for the location
  • Buffer Size: Radius of the buffer (in meters)
  • Description: A short description of the location

Locations can also be implicitly created by uploading media to a project.

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2.2.2 Syncing locations

WildTrax also allows you to batch upload and download locations and location metadata by clicking the button. This allows you to manage and edit location information outside of WildTrax and then sync it back with your modifications. 

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In order to sync a spreadsheet of locations to WildTrax:

  • Click the  in order to get the current list of all locations and metadata in your organization. If you don't have any metadata yet, a template csv will be provided.
  • Conduct the edits or changes to your csv
  • Click on 
  • This will take you to the Upload CSV form; choose your local CSV file and click  - this will allow you to preview the changes you’ll be making to your location data. If there are no differences, a prompt indicating will appear
  • To accept the modifications, scroll down and click 
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2.2.3 Location buffering and visibility

WildTrax provides multiple ways for organization administrators to control how WildTrax members can see locations. The location visibility toggle is used to hide locations from WildTrax users who are not part of the organization. You can read more about why you would want to use this tool in location privacy.

  • Use hidden if you want to hide the location—only organization members will see the location in maps
  • Use visible if you want the location to be visible to everyone in the maps

Location buffering is another way to mask sensitive locations. You can use the location buffering toggle in two ways:

  • You can enter the true spatial metadata in the form and then instruct WildTrax to provide a buffer (indicated in the buffer size field)
  • You can enter previously buffered locations (done outside of WildTrax) and indicate the buffer radius you provided. This way WildTrax and other users will never know the true location.

2.2.4 Merging locations

WildTrax allows you to merge media from multiple locations together. You may want to merge locations if the location has been visited multiple times but was named something different on each visit or are at the same place on the landscape.

  • Select a location and click 
  • Click 
  • The location merge form will appear; ensure you are selecting the correct source location (location you want to change) and target location (location you are merging to) which you can choose from the drop-down list. The media will merge together but only the metadata from the target location is preserved.
  • Click ; you should now see data for only the target location chosen in the previous step.
  • Merging is irreversible; proceed with caution.
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2.2.5 Deleting locations

You can delete locations using the button located in the . If the location contains any data (i.e. visits, media or tags), you will not be able to delete the location until these other data are removed first. The sections on projects and the three sensor types (ARU, camera, point count) discuss how to do this more in depth. In brief, given that locations support all cascading data beneath them, WildTrax has implemented these security measures to ensure that it is difficult to lose data.

The next section will discuss adding visits to locations.