The Movebank Data Repository

The Movebank Data Repository is a part of Movebank designed for long-term data archiving. The data in Movebank are unique observations of animal movements that can never be reproduced, and should be available to answer new questions decades from now. The Repository is hosted at the Communication, Information, Media Centre of the University of Konstanz and complements Movebank's flexible tools for sharing, managing and analyzing animal movement data throughout all stages of research by providing a way to formally publish completed research datasets. The Repository also strives toward the FAIR Principles to improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reuse of data.

Published data

As of January 2020, the Repository contains 175 curated, publicly archived datasets containing over 91 million locations describing movements of 8,137 animals and representing 142 species. These data underlie over 200 peer-reviewed papers published in 82 journals by over 500 data authors.

How it works

Each published dataset, or data package, also has a study in Movebank. If a study in Movebank has been published in the Repository, the DOI and a link will be shown in the Study Details. To publish your data, contact our curator Sarah Davidson at Published datasets are typically associated with a peer-reviewed journal article. For more guidance on deciding whether to submit data for publication and how to prepare data, read our best practices for archiving studies on Movebank and answers to frequently asked questions about the repository.

What's the difference between published and unpublished studies in Movebank? Here are the differences at a glance:

Feature Details Movebank Movebank Data Repository
Store Store data. X X
Find Search for and find data. X X+
Collaborate Find people and start new projects. X X
Format Store data in a shared Movebank format. X X
Manage Manage data during data collection and analysis. X
Share selectively Share your data with colleagues. X
Share with the public Make your data available to the public. X X
Reuse Reuse data for new purposes. X X+
Data review Ensure the data are complete and correct. X X
Data license License the data to allow future re-use. X X
Data citation Have a citable reference for your dataset. X
DOI Obtain a unique digital object identifier for your dataset, with a link to the data that won't change over time. X
Find anywhere Let people find you beyond Movebank through search engines like the Web of Science's Data Citation Index and Google's Dataset Search. X


The Movebank Data Repository is recommended by a number of journals and publishers to meet data archiving policies, including the British Ecological Society, the Journal of Zoology, Oikos and Springer Nature. We have also received support from FAIRsFAIR in obtaining certification as a CoreTrustSeal repository and improving repository interoperability.