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Population biologists, wildlife ecologists, and readers interested in animal tracking may appreciate Movebank, "a free online infrastructure created to help researchers manage, share, analyze and archive animal movement data." Begun in 2007, Movebank is intended as a global repository for wildlife tracking data and it can also serve as a free backup option for researchers to store and share their data either publicly or privately. In addition to archiving data, the project's main goals are to enable collaborations and compilations of multiple datasets, to promote open access to animal movement data, and to allow the public to explore these data via Movebank's Tracking Data Map. New users may want to check out the many resources under the help tab, particularly the getting started section and the user manual. Movebank is hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and has long-term funding through the Max Planck Society and the University of Konstanz.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-10-26
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