Customize how you share data
While Wildlife Insights is committed to open data sharing, we also recognize the need to protect certain sensitive information. Learn how you can set controls to limit access to your datasets.
Licensing your Data
For each project, data providers may choose to license data under Creative Commons licenses:
If data is licensed under CC BY NC 4.0 or CC BY 4.0, any use of that data requires attribution. It is the responsibility of the data provider and user to ensure proper attribution.
For more information on licensing data, please see our FAQ page.
To assign a license to a project:
For any sensitive species, Wildlife Insights will obfuscate the location so that the exact location cannot be determined from the data. Images may be available publicly, but will only be associated with the project. Wildlife Insights and Wildlife Insights Core Partners may use sensitive species data to create derived products but will never expose the underlying location data.
What is a sensitive species?
Wildlife Insights is committed to sharing data for conservation purposes. However, certain species may be at-risk with the exposure of specific geographic location data. Wildlife Insights will restrict public access to exact locations of sensitive species in order to protect these species.
How does Wildlife Insights define sensitive species?
The list of sensitive species is defined and managed by Wildlife Insights based on best practices and expert consultations. The Wildlife Insights Sensitive Species list includes:
How does Wildlife Insights protect sensitive species locations?
Wildlife Insights will fuzz the exact coordinates of all deployments set at a location where a sensitive species is captured. The fuzzed coordinates will be provided in lieu of the exact coordinates in all public downloads.
If you are downloading public data, you can determine which deployments have fuzzed coordinates by referring to the column titled Fuzzed in the deployments.csv file provided in your download package. If the value is True, the deployment's coordinates have been fuzzed. If the value is False, the coordinates provided are the exact coordinates provided to Wildlife Insights.
Who can access sensitive species information?
Wildlife Insights is committed to open data sharing. All data on Wildlife Insights will be shared with the public (with the exception of sensitive data) unless the project is embargoed. Embargoes offer the opportunity to keep project data private for a period of time before it is made public.
Embargoed data will not be available to the public for the duration of the embargo, but project metadata (e.g., project name, objectives) may be shared with the public. The embargo begins on the date a deployment is created and is measured separately for each deployment. Read more about embargoed data in our FAQs.
To set an embargo:
Who can access embargoed data?
Images of Humans
Wildlife Insights will not knowingly provide public access to images of humans. However, a record of the image (i.e, the date and time taken, identification of the image) will be available to the public via the public download feature.
It is the responsibility of the data provider to confirm if an image contains a human. Once a human identification is confirmed, Wildlife Insights will:
Within a user’s private workspace, images of humans may be stored or deleted, depending on project preferences.
Read more about how to set a project's Human Image Delete setting.
Once a human identification is confirmed, Wildlife Insights will:
Who can access images and metadata of humans?
Wildlife Insights automatically generates a citation for each project using the names of the Project Owners. To ensure you’re provided credit for use of your data, the citation is made available in each download package and on your project’s Public Details page.
To customize the Author names used in your citation: