WildTrax Guide

1st Edition - "Rising from the mist"
Last updated: 2021-09

Preface

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.

It strongly relies on a moderated community of investment. If there is documentation you feel is incomplete, out of date or inaccurate, email WildTrax Info or WildTrax Support at any time.

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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:

  1. Create an online WildTrax account
  2. Create an organization(s) within your account. The WildTrax team will contact you to finalize your organization setup
  3. Create a project(s) within your Organization
  4. Upload data yourself or ship data to WildTrax staff for upload
  5. Process your image or sound data within the online interfaces
  6. Download, review, or share your data any time, anywhere

If you're a tagger who will be working on a project:

  1. 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:

  1. Browse the published projects available in either the project dashboard or Data Discover.
  2. 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.

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Figure 0.1: Sensors can be placed for long periods of time in remote locations. Banff National Park, AB.

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.

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Figure 0.2: Monitoring wetlands for long periods using environmental sensors can easily inform about the songbird community and find rare nocturnal species. Conklin, AB.

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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