The new article "A plea for standards in reporting data collected by animal-borne electronic devices" has been published on Animal Biotelemetry. Some EURODEER members co-authored the publication. It is one of the output of the collaboration of EURODEER with other networks, particularly ZoaTrack, Movebank and WRAM and a consequence of the discussions had during the Summer School "Next Generation Data Management in Movement Ecology" (2015) at Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele all’Adige, Trento, Italy where many teachers and students were part of EURODEER. It highlights the need of standardized output from biotelemetry devices, which is a key topic for EURODEER as a network where data sharing is one of the most relevant components. Here below the abstract is reported.
In recent years, there has been significant investment in collaborative e-infrastructures to support biotelemetry research. Whilst these e-infrastructures are rapidly growing in size and sophistication, the current lack of standards for reporting and documenting the data collected by animal-borne telemetry devices is hampering their effectiveness. Here, we demonstrate why the current lack of standards is severely complicating the process for those developing and maintaining biotelemetry-related e-infrastructures, and provide suggestions as to how the current issue may be resolved. We hope this article will stimulate discussion across the community and facilitate the first steps towards the creation and adoption of industry standards for data collected by animal-borne telemetry devices.