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The Movebank Data Repository

The Movebank Data Repository is a special part of Movebank designed for long-term data archiving. The Repository is hosted at the Communication, Information, Media Centre at the University of Konstanz 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 data in Movebank are unique observations of animal movements that can never be reproduced—our goal is to make sure these datasets will be available to answer new questions decades from now.

As of January 2019, the Repository contains 117 curated, publicly archived datasets containing over 56 million locations describing movements of 5,119 animals and representing 106 species. These data underlie over 200 peer-reviewed papers published in 76 journals by nearly 500 data authors.

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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 read more about the Movebank Data Repository, see the FAQ. If you are interested in publishing your own data, contact our curator Sarah Davidson at Published datasets are typically associated with a peer-reviewed journal article.

What's the difference between published and unpublished studies in Movebank?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



Movebank Data Repository


Store data.XX


Search for and find data.XX+


Find people and start new projects.XX


Store data in a shared Movebank format.XX


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.XX


Reuse data for new purposes.XX+

Data review

Ensure the data are complete and correct.XX

Data license

License the data to allow future re-use. X

Data citation

Have a citable reference for your dataset. X


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.