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Why use Movebank?


The Movebank database supports the import of animal tracking data based on almost any method—GPS, Argos Doppler locations, radio transmitters, solar geolocators, bird rings, and natural markers—along with associated attributes and measurements from other on-animal sensors. Once imported, you can view your tracks online, add and manage deployment information, and use all the other Movebank features described below. Having your data in Movebank also serves as a free backup of data you have stored on your personal computer.

Manage data and deployments: Add new data and provide and manage deployment details (reference data) from the Studies page or using the Deployment Manager.

Set up live data feeds: We offer automated data feeds for Argos PTTs and GSM and Iridium GPS tags from a growing number of data providers. If you are currently collecting data from these tags, you can set up a live feed in Movebank that will import new locations several times daily.

Edit and filter data: Use the Event Editor to manually mark outliers, annotate behavioural or migration classes, or apply a variety of data filters.


Researchers maintain full ownership and control over the level of access to their data in Movebank. Movebank has flexible permissions settings for data owners, allowing you to easily share different levels of access with collaborators and the public and define your own terms of use. No shared software is required.

Find and be found: If you choose to make some information about your studies public, you can make it easy for others to find you online: researchers looking for collaborators, prospective graduate students, or wildlife conservation and resource management groups.

Compile multiple datasets for collaborative projects: All location data, once imported to Movebank, are in the same format. This feature, together with the ability to share your data privately with other collaborators, overcomes one of the major hurdles to combining datasets.


Movebank provides tools for making edits to tracking data and filtering to flag outliers based on user-defined parameters. In addition, you can easily download your data for use in ArcGIS, Google Earth, and other programs.

Link your tracks to environmental data: You can use Movebank to annotate hundreds of environmental parameters from global remote sensing datasets and weather models to your tracking data using the Env-DATA System.

Movebank Acceleration Viewer: Movebank has developed a Java program for analyzing data from accelerometers manufactured by e-obs. View the acceleration data in a flexible chart, link the acceleration to GPS locations on a map, and annotate your data set with behavioral categories.

Analyze Movebank data in other programs: Others have developed tools that allow you to access data directly from Movebank for further analysis, including the R package 'move' and the MoveMine program. Our API makes it possible to flexibly access data for external use. Contact us for help integrating your own analysis software with Movebank and making it available to other users.


Fifty years from now, how will your study populations have changed? Will your tracking data be available to help answer new questions about ecology, evolution, and global change? Collecting animal tracking data takes enormous time, effort, and funding, and also impacts the animals who carry tracking tags. We believe that these data provide invaluable records about nature and should be preserved for future generations. To support this, Movebank has developed the Movebank Data Repository, an online infrastructure for archiving tracking datasets that are published and stored at the Library of the University of Konstanz. After going through a review process, accepted tracking datasets are granted a permanent digital object identifier (DOI) and added to the archive, which is available to the public at After receiving a DOI, these datasets can be cited just like written publications and are searchable on the Web of Science.