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 - this edition being released in 2022 alongside the Phase 7 development release of WildTrax.
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If you're an administrator wishing to create or manage an organization or projects within WildTrax
- Create a WildTrax account using an email address
- Create an organization(s). The WildTrax Team will verify your identity to finalize your organization setup
- Create a project(s) within your organization
- Upload data to your projects
- Process your image or acoustic data within the online interfaces, or manage your data in the organization
- Use species verification to ensure high quality data
- Publish, share or download your data
Using this guide
The pronoun “you” throughout the guide refers to the reader. “We” refers to the WildTrax Team in general. You can jump to different sections of the guide using the links. WildTrax specific tools, functions, jargon or important fields are bolded.
Notes and disclaimers are stylized like this.
Collapsible areas have detailed information or a workflow you can use in WildTrax
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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.
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.
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.