The Centre de Recherches sur la Biologie des Populations d'Oiseaux (CRBPO), the French national bird ringing scheme, cooperates with Movebank to archive data collected by electronic tags as part of avian studies that take place in France. In France, all persons granted the authorization to mark wild birds by CRBPO have the legal obligation to annually deposit the collected data in a national repository. However, as a ringing center, the CRBPO's database is designed primarily for capture-recapture data. Through this partnership Movebank serves as the archiving service for tracking data authorized through the bird-ringing center, allowing CRBPO to offer high-quality tools without the substantial costs of building and maintaining separate databases optimized for data from electronic tags. At any time, CRBPO will be able to report on tracking data collected by CRBPO-authorized schemes through Movebank.
Through this collaboration, French researchers and organizations will have access to online tools and technical support through Movebank, and CRBPO will provide translations of Movebank documentation into French—which will be added to Movebank's website—as well as training and outreach in French. This partnership is formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding between CRBPO and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (which hosts Movebank) signed in 2016.