Movebank users create studies in which they store and manage data. They control access to studies and data through each study's Permissions settings. To get started, register for a free account on Movebank and create a study.
Within a study you can store
Location data: Movebank supports animal locations collected by GPS, Argos Doppler, radio transmitters, light-level geolocators, natural markings and bird rings.
Other sensor data: Movebank supports data from other animal-borne sensors including accelerometers, barometers, magnetometers, sensor-derived orientation measurements, thermometers, and other accessory measurements such as battery voltage.
Reference data: Movebank supports information about tags, animals and deployments that are needed to understand and manage location and other sensor data.
Additional files: Movebank supports storage of additional files that are not imported to the database but which relate to the study, such as images, analysis scripts or more detailed capture tables.
There are a variety of ways to add data to Movebank:
Live data feeds: Set up automated feeds to import data from currently-deployed tags from a growing number of manufacturers and other data providers.
Import files in supported standard formats: Import files in known formats used by specific manufacturers and data providers.
Import custom tabular text files: Import files in tabular text format by mapping each column to a Movebank data attribute.
Update existing data records: Update existing data records with new values or additional attributes.
Upload file attachments: Upload additional files to store and share in the study.
- Managing Argos data
- Managing geolocator data
- Uploading very large data files
- Defining deployments and outliers
- Quality control of uploaded data
- Help with data uploads
- Best practices for archiving studies on Movebank
For more guidance, see our recommended steps to prepare and add data to Movebank, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Create a study and add data