EURODEER project was presented on March 17th 2016 at the Victoria University of Wellington, School of Biological Science in a seminar titled: Surfing the Wave of Wildlife Tracking Data. You can find the presentation here. Abstract:
Recent technological developments have provided us with new ways to monitor animal movements, conditions, interactions and habitat. Thanks to global navigation satellite systems like GPS we can collect massive and detailed sets of positioning data in real time. Knowing where and when animals move can help to address important environmental questions, such as resource use, home range and dispersal, and response to climate change. However, managing this new generation of tracking data is not without challenges - among others, adequate tools and competences to process, analyse and store large and complex data sets. Data sharing is another key element if we are to take studies from a local to a global level. Moreover, when we consider that wildlife tracking is often expensive and may put animals at risk, re-use and long time preservation of data is both ethical and advantageous.
This presentation uses the experience of the EURODEER project -a network of 30 European research institutes that share a spatial database of tracking data from roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)- to examine challenges and opportunities scientists face when managing and sharing wildlife tracking data.