The Studies page provides summary information about studies in Movebank and is where data owners do most of their data management. By default you will see a list of studies on the left, and the Study Details for the first study in the list on the right.
You can filter this list by text within the study name and for studies for which you have specific access Permissions. (See the Tracking Data Map for more search options.) After you have filtered the list of studies, depending on your level of access to the selected study, you can
- Select a study name to view the Study Details.
- Select from the menu below the study name on the left to view a list of animals, tags, files, Argos feeds or file formats included in the study.
- After selecting an animal or tag, view associated deployments.
- Select an entity from these lists to view and edit related information or delete it.
The Study Details include information about the study provided by the study owner and summary statistics about the data in the study. This summary is the most detailed information available to users who only have Permissions to view the name and summary for a study.
Users with appropriate Permissions for a study can use the menu below the study name on the left to select and view lists of the animals, tags, files, Argos feeds and file formats in the study. Selecting entities from these lists will provide relevant details and menu options, as described below.
Study Type (NEW!): Movebank studies created after March 2020 must be defined as either a Research study or a Test study:
Research studies are for long-term storage, and the Study Details (study name and summary) are visible to the public. This summary allows others to discover but not access data or view tracks. Data Managers can share or restrict the visibility of tracks and data downloads in the study's Permissions.
Test studies are for temporary use, or to keep a study private initially during data upload, and are not visible to the public. Test studies will be deleted after 90 days unless the Study Type is changed to Research. Data Managers will receive notifications on Movebank and by e-mail sent from email@example.com with reminders three days and one day before a study is deleted.
Data Managers can change the Study Type anytime. Studies created before March 2020 were defined by default as research studies but with no change to the visibility of the study name and summary. We encourage but do not require owners of these studies to update their Permissions in line with Movebank's statement on archiving.
To request long-term storage of a completely private study in Movebank, or for help organizing data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study Statistics provide a summary of the contents of the study. These statistics are updated automatically when the contents of a study change. The number of deployed locations indicates the total number of locations that are part of animal tracks, while the number of records provides extra information about sensor types, undeployed records and outliers. These statistics represent the entire study, which may exceed what users are allowed to view on the map or download from the study, depending on the owner's Permissions.
Similar statistics can be viewed for individual animals, tags, files or Argos feeds in the study by navigating to these entities as described above. Statistics for individual files will reflect only new records imported to the study from the file. Therefore if duplicates were filtered during import and if files contain overlapping data, the file statistics may represent fewer records than are contained in the file.
The Movebank ID is automatically defined by the database and will stay the same even if the study name changes.
Processing Status indicates the status of the study statistics and the points and tracks displayed in the Tracking Data Map. When there are changes to the data in a study, Movebank will recalculate all related statistics and will create and cache new images for displaying data on the map. The status will be Map & study statistics processing anytime recalculations are taking place, and will otherwise say Up-to-date. The Map & study statistics processing message should appear within a minute of making changes to the study and return to Up-to-date within another minute or two. Note: This feature is part of ongoing updates to improve performance for very large studies (those with millions of data points or hundreds of animals). If your study statistics or the data displayed on the map are not updating properly after changes are made in the study, please contact email@example.com. If you are unsure, the Event Editor and data downloads will always reflect the current status of your study.
The Studies menu, located above the Study Details, provides additional options for working with the study data, depending on the user's Permissions for the study.
- Show in map: View all animal locations on the Tracking Data Map.
- Show in map (include undeployed): View all locations on the Tracking Data Map, including locations not associated with animals.
- Edit: Open the Event Editor. (Visible to Data Managers only.)
- Download data: Download sensor data from the study.
- Download reference data: Download reference data.
Add: Add a new animal, tag, or deployment to the study. (This can also be done in the Deployment Manager.) (Visible to Data Managers only.)
Sharing: Manage Permissions, Data Managers and Collaborators for the study. (Visible to Data Managers only.)
Upload data: Upload and import data to the study. (Visible to Data Managers only.)
Manage live feeds: Add, edit and check the status of data feeds and email notifications. (Visible to Data Managers only.)
Manage deployments: Manage deployments and reference data through the Deployment Manager. (Visible to Data Managers only.)
Env-DATA: Submit requests to annotate environmental data layers to tracking data or generic times and locations through the Env-DATA System and check on the status of past requests.
Reference data, which describe animals, tags and deployments in a study, are typically added and edited with the Deployment Manager or by importing a reference data file to the study. You can also view and edit reference data, as well as file and file format details, from the Studies page. To do this,
- Go to the Studies page and select your study to view the Study Details.
- Select the entity you want to edit by selecting from the menu below the study name on the left. Details about the entity will appear on the right side of the page.
- Select the Edit button below the details.
- Make changes to the fields. (You cannot manually edit the statistics because these are calculated automatically from the contents of the study.)
- Select Save.
See the Movebank Attribute Dictionary for definitions of reference data terms.