How can I join the Wildlife Insights partnership?
Membership in Wildlife Insights is open to anyone involved in recording vertebrate diversity through camera trap images. Prospective members are expected to have interests in:
- Conserving and understanding the ecology and distribution of vertebrate species
- Interacting with other Members; and
- Contributing to the attainment of WI's goals.
Wildlife Insights has two membership categories:
Core Members - Individuals or institutions who are actively engaged in carrying out the activities to develop Wildlife Insights
Associate Members - Individuals or institutions who support the goals of Wildlife Insights by participating in a WI Working Group and/or by providing expertise to Wildlife Insights.
You do not need to join Wildlife Insights in order to share in the benefits of the website. If you wish to provide camera trap data to the site, you only need to sign a Data Provider Agreement . If you wish to use camera trap data from the site for non-commercial purposes, you will need to sign a Data User Agreement .
How does Wildlife Insights protect my data in order for me to have a chance to publish it?
Wildlife Insights will have a built-in embargo that will allow a data provider to protect their data use rights for a limited time.
How does Wildlife Insights protect privacy of individuals on photos?
Wildlife Insights will not display or enable the download of images of humans. Metadata, or data records, will document that a human was present and observed at the camera trap deployment.
Who can access data stored on the cloud?
All data (including metadata, images and other data types) will be restricted and access will be limited to Wildlife Insights staff, third-party contractors under contract with Wildlife Insights core members and data provider. Data providers will be able to assign roles and permissions at the user level and control who in their organization (and partner organizations) will have access. Additional data security, privacy policies and data protection policies will be forthcoming and will utilize both the inherent policies in place by cloud providers as well as measures implemented at the application level.
How does Wildlife Insights protect sensitive species whose location metadata might alert poachers? Wildlife Insights protects the locations of Endangered or CITES-listed species that are hunted for commercial purposes. A data user will only be able to see a central location for the study area in question, so the animal will be shown to occupy the location of the study area but no exact location data will be available. If exact location data are required, the user will need to contact the data provider and request the additional information.
How does Wildlife Insights protect my data in order for me to have a chance to publish it? Wildlife Insights is all about sharing information for the benefit of conservation of biodiversity. We recognize however, that data providers also want to publish.
Which camera traps does Wildlife Insights support? Wild.ID and the web-based data management tools of Wildlife Insights support all Reconyx, Bushnell, Primos, ScoutGuard, Eyecon, Moultrie, and Spypoint camera trap models. If you use a different camera trap manufacturer and model there is a good probability that our software will support it without any changes. However, prior to using any of the data management software please send us your camera trap manufacturer and model as well as an example image at [email protected] We will then confirm if the software works with that camera trap or make the necessary changes to the software.
If you have any issues with our software don’t hesitate to Contact Us.