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Studies page

The Studies page is the place to view summary information about Movebank studies and the place where data owners do most of their data management. By default you will see a list of Movebank studies and the study details for the first study in the list. You can filter these studies for text within the study name and limit the results to studies for which you have specific access permissions. (You can search for studies by text in the study details or by species using the Tracking Data Map.)

To access the Studies page, choose Tracking Data Map from the main menu and select Studies from the tracking data menu. After you have filtered the study list, depending on the user's 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 to view a list of animals, tags, files, Argos feeds, or file formats included in the study.
  • Select an animal, tag, file, etc. to view more information about that entity.
  • After selecting an individual animal or tag, view deployments associated with that entity.
  • Change the details for a selected study, tag, etc. by selecting Edit. You can also make changes to deployments, animals, and tags using the Deployment Manager.

Study Details

Study Details include descriptive 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. The license terms are terms of use for the data defined by the owner, which users will have to accept before downloading data. If the data owners have not provided license terms, please refer to the general Movebank Terms of Use. The study reference location is chosen by the data owner and defines the location of the study marker shown on the Tracking Data Map.

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 (read more about deployments and visible data points).

Processing Status indicates the status of the study statistics and the points and tracks displayed in the Tracking Data Map. Any time the data in a study are changed, 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 us at 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 level of access to the study. If you are a data manager for the study, you will be able to access all of the following options:


  • Show in map: View all animal locations on the map (if the user has permission).
  • Show in map (include undeployed): View all locations on the map, including locations not associated with animals (if the user has permission).
  • Edit: Open the Event Editor (only available to data managers).


  • Download data: Download sensor data from the study (if the user has permission) as described in Accessing data in Movebank.
  • Download reference data: Download reference data from the study (if the user has permission).

Add: Add a new animal, tag, or deployment to the study (only available to data managers).

Sharing: Set permissions for the study and add or remove data managers and collaborators to/from the study as described in Permissions and data sharing (only available to data managers).

Upload data: Upload and import data to the study as described in the Data upload section (only available to data managers).

Manage live feeds: Add, edit and check the status of data feeds and email notifications as described in Creating and managing live data feeds (only available to data managers).

Manage deployments: open the Deployment Manager to manage reference data (only available to data managers).

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 (if the user is logged in and has permission to download data from the selected study).

Editing reference data and details from the Studies page

Reference data, which describe animals, tags, and deployments in a study, are typically added and edited with the Deployment Manager or by uploading a reference data file to the study. You can also add or 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. (Note that 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 the definitions of reference data terms used in Movebank.