eResearch tools for the storage, analysis and visualization of animal tracking data
Despite the increasingly widespread adoption of animal tagging devices, there are significant challenges associated with the management and analysis of the datasets being generated. The sheer scale and complexity of the data sets make it difficult for many research groups to exploit the full potential of the data. The processing of telemetry data currently relies on a diversity of software and file formats. Data capture, data management and data analyses steps currently involve manual and time-consuming data manipulation and import/export to different software products. The integration of animal movement data with complementary environmental information (e.g., remote sensing data) presents additional technical and computing challenges.
To date the vast majority of data from animal tracking studies undertaken throughout Australia is stored in small personal databases and inaccessible to the broader scientific community. Collation of these studies within a central repository would greatly increase data transparency, reduce study reproduction and enable comparisons of results between study groups. The Oztrack project aims to accelerate scientific research in this field by creating a common approach to the management and analysis of these large and diverse datasets for modeling animal behaviour and ecology.
The goal of this project is to develop a set of eResearch software tools to support the compute, storage and analysis of animal tracking data being generated through telemetry devices. More specific aims are to:
|The University of Queensland is proud to be in partnership with the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project to create a unique opportunity to develop OzTrack eResearch Tools for the storage, analysis and visualization of animal tracking data. This project will benefit the Australian research community by providing a platform to underpin the next generation of research into marine, avian, terrestrial and agricultural animal behaviours.|