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Event Editor

The Event Editor allows you to add and remove attributes from your data set, manually edit your data, and apply data filters. Commonly used attribute additions include manually marked outlier and migration state. This is also where you can explore your data in both tabular and map format.

To open the Event Editor,

  • Log in to Movebank and go to Tracking Data Map > Studies.
  • Type in the name of your study and select the name from the list on the left to view the study details.
  • To access the entire study, select Data > Edit from the Studies menu, and wait while the Event Editor opens; this may take several minutes for large data sets. To access data for a single animal, tag, deployment, or file, first find the entity by navigating the menu just below the study name on the left. When the correct entity details are shown on the right, select Data > Edit from the Studies menu.

After the Event Editor opens, select Show/Hide Columns to change what attributes of the tabular data set you can view, and use Manage Attributes to change the attributes included in your data set. Be sure not to remove attributes from your data set that you only intend to hide on the screen!

You can select data records from either the tabular data or the map; the selected records will be highlighted in both places. Click twice on a row/cell to edit the values. You can use the shift and control keys to select multiple rows. To edit a value in multiple selected rows, click on one of these rows in the cell of the column you want to edit, select batch edit, and then select or type in the desired value.

See below how to

screenshot of the Event Editor

Manually marking outliers

If your tracks include outlying records within a tag deployment on an animal, you can use the Event Editor to manually mark these events as outliers. (Read more about deployments and options for defining animal tracks here.) Records marked as outliers will no longer be visible from the Tracking Data Map, but will remain part of the full dataset and can be included in downloaded data.

To mark outliers,

  • Log in to Movebank and go to Tracking Data Map > Studies.
  • Type in the name of your study and select the name from the list on the left to view the study details.
  • Select Data > Edit from the Studies menu, and wait while the Event Editor opens.
  • Select Manage Attributes from the upper left. A list of Available Attributes (left) and existing Data Point Attributes (right) will appear.
  • Select Manually Marked Outlier from the Available Attributes.
  • Click on the -> arrow key in the middle of the window to add the attribute Manually Marked Outlier to your data set.
  • Select Apply.
  • Next, select Show/Hide Columns. A list of all the attributes in your data set will appear; those that are selected are currently displayed in the data table.
  • Select and unselect attributes so that only Timestamp, Location Lat, Location Long, and Manually Marked Outlier are selected. This way you will be able to easily see these attributes in the tabular view.
  • Select Apply.
  • Next, select an outlying record/s from either the map or table (hold down Shift to select multiple consecutive locations in the table).
  • Click in the cell in the Manually Marked Outlier column of the table in the selected record (if you have selected multiple records, you can use any one of the selected records).
  • If only one record is selected, select True. If multiple records are selected, check the box next to batch edit and then select True.
  • Repeat steps as necessary to mark additional outliers.
  • Select Save.

The new value True should now appear in the table for these records, and the rows will be shaded in gray, indicating they are no longer visible from the Tracking Data Map by default. On the map, the outlying points will now appear as red Xs. Note that values in Manually Marked Outlier will override values in Algorithm Marked Outlier for determining what records are visible on the map.

Manually selecting alternate Argos locations

Argos Doppler-based location data always include two possible locations for each timestamp—a primary location (Solution 1) and a "mirror" location (Solution 2) (see the Argos manual for details). When you import raw Argos Doppler Shift data to Movebank, by default Solution 1 is used as the "correct" latitude and longitude information and displayed on the map. However, in some cases Solution 2 is the more accurate of the two locations. If you run one of the Argos filters, Movebank will attempt to identify these records and in these cases will use Solution 2 as the "correct" location.

It is possible to manually select which solution to use as the "correct" location in Movebank. To do this,

  • Log in to Movebank and go to Tracking Data Map > Studies.
  • Type in the name of your study and select the name from the list on the left to view the study details.
  • Select Data > Edit from the Studies menu, and wait while the Event Editor opens.
  • Select Show/Hide Columns. A list of all the attributes in your data set will appear—those that are selected are currently displayed in the data table.
  • Select and unselect attributes to show only the attributes you need to identify the records you want to change. (If you have filtered your data in Movebank and want to see the selections Movebank has made between primary and alternate Argos locations, be sure to select Argos Valid Location Algorithm). This way you will be able to easily see these attributes in the tabular view.
  • Select Apply. Now you can see the selections Movebank has made between primary and alternate Argos locations.
  • Next, select Manage Attributes from the upper left. A list of Available Attributes (left) and existing Data Point Attributes (right) will appear.
  • Select Argos Valid Location Manual from the Available Attributes.
  • Click on the -> arrow key in the middle of the window to add this attribute to your data set.
  • Select Apply. The new attribute will appear in the table.
  • Next, select one or more records from either the map or table for which you want to override the current selection between the two Argos locations (hold down Shift to select multiple consecutive locations in the table).
  • Click in the cell in the Argos Valid Location Manual column of the table in the selected record (if you have selected multiple records, you can use any one of the selected records).
  • Enter the value "1" to use the primary Argos location and "2" to use the alternate location. If only one record is selected, just enter "1" or "2". If multiple records are selected, check the box next to "batch edit" and then enter "1" or "2".
  • Repeat steps as necessary.
  • Select Save to finish.