The goal of this guide is to provide a comprehensive, accessible, engaging and referenceable set of documentation to help you get started using WildTrax and explore its many features and functions. The documentation is constantly being updated to match the system, with the 1st Edition “Rising from the Mist” being released in 2021 alongside the Phase 5 development release of WildTrax.
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If you're an Administrator wishing to create and/or manage an organization or projects using a self-service model within WildTrax:
- Create an online WildTrax account
- Create an organization(s) within your account. The WildTrax team will contact you to finalize your organization setup
- Create a project(s) within your Organization
- Upload data yourself or ship data to WildTrax staff for upload
- Process your image or sound data within the online interfaces
- Download, review, or share your data any time, anywhere
If you're a tagger who will be working on a project:
- Create a WildTrax account and provide your username to the project administrator, who will add you to the appropriate projects. Projects will then be visible on your dashboard.
If you are a partner or collaborator wishing to share or discover data:
- Browse the published projects available in either the project dashboard or Data Discover.
- Request Access to organizations or projects to alert administrators you would like access to their data.
0.1 Environmental sensors
Environmental sensors are increasingly being used to monitor environmental and ecological attributes across broad geographic scales. These sensors allow for automated data collection over an extended period of time, resulting in the accumulation of large amounts of valuable data.
0.2 Biological data
Biological data can be derived from these sensors such as counts of animals. WildTrax seamlessly integrates this type of data across multiple sensors, along with point counts, a commonly used method for determining the relative abundance of taxa, particularly birds.
0.3 Open data
Open data is data that can be accessed, re-used or redistributed by anyone and is freely available in a usable and convenient format. Openly shared data benefits the scientific community and society as a whole. Maximal data accessibility allows users (e.g., researchers, conservation practitioners and the public) to find, manipulate and analyze data, as well as link avian data to other types of information. Open data can lead directly to conservation knowledge and action. This requires data to be usable, inter-operable and reliable.
WildTrax is a proponent in making data as open and accessible as possible and many organizations are shifting towards a more open, collaborative, co-produced framework in order to answers ecological questions. Recognizing the importance of data privacy, WildTrax also offers many options and features to control how data is shared with other users.
0.4 Using this guide
The pronoun “you” throughout the guide refers to the reader. “We” refers to the WildTrax Team in general.
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