Dear Movebank users,
We are pleased to announce several exciting changes at Movebank. In addition to a new design, we have created new guidelines and sharing options to give data owners more flexibility, support programs relying on Movebank for broad-scale conservation efforts, and further our mission to serve as a global archive for animal movement.
When you arrive at Movebank, you'll see a new homepage, a News page, and a completely redesigned user manual. When you go to the Tracking Data Map and Studies pages and log in, those of you who are Data Managers for studies in Movebank will notice a few more additions, described below.
As of March 2020, we are introducing a new data policy and have developed several new features in support of this policy. These changes are centered around the goals that Movebank has had since its inception and are designed to support and guide users from initial data upload to eventual public archiving, so that studies are complete and able to be discovered and accessed for beneficial re-use in the future, accommodating restricted access where needed. Data owners will continue to retain ownership and control over access to their studies in Movebank, with more options and clarity to maximize the amount of data that are preserved for future generations.
New or updated policies and guidelines include
New Permissions options
If you own data already in Movebank, the Permissions settings for your existing studies have not changed. We do encourage you to review these new features and update your studies to take advantage of them. Owners retain the option to restrict data visibility and access. New features for study owners include
Why these changes?
These changes are the results of a year-long evaluation that included
They also are coordinated with technical updates that will improve security and allow the website and database to scale with accelerating growth.
Where you will notice changes
Visitors to Movebank will find information about these changes throughout the website. Notifications for registered users will be displayed when logged in and will be emailed to the address associated with their accounts.
Data Managers will see a few additional changes: When creating a new study or editing Study Details, you'll now see the Study Type. The new options for public embargoes and data licenses, as well as the License Terms for non-public studies, are now managed in study Permissions.
Let us know what you think!
Throughout 2020 we will be spreading the word about these changes and the new opportunities they bring. Have a look around the site, and send questions and feedback to email@example.com. And this is not all we've been working on—we'll have more to share in our upcoming annual newsletter!
The Movebank Team