Recent updates from Motus

In addition to the major milestones posted below, users interested in latest progress regarding Motus should considering signing up to the Motus discussion group.

December 2018
Integration of Celluar Tracking Technologies Lifetags ™

Motus recently received funding from CANARIE’s Research Software Program to support the integration of Cellular Tracking Technologies LifeTags ™ into Motus. A summary is available here, and more details will be announced as they become available.

September 2018
IOC, Vancouver

At the recent International Ornithological Congress Vancouver, cooperators presented 24 oral presentations or posters featuring research using Motus. A summary of these abstracts is available here.

July 2018
Motus Workshop Oct 5th-7th, 2018 – Powdermill Nature Reserve

Powdermill Nature reserve will host a second Motus workshop from October 5th – 7th

Click here to register and view more information, or contact us.

March 2018
Motus used to study full life cycle of the critically endangered Kirtland’s Warbler

See Audubon article here and ace-eco paper here

February 2, 2018
New data download procedure and website features

We are pleased to inform you that we have recently released new data access features and significant updates to the Motus website:

A notification centre is now available for each project to help ensure all aspects of your project metadata is complete and accurate. **Incomplete metadata may result in incomplete detection files.** Please click on the “Data Issues” link on your Manage Project page to view and correct any outstanding issues.

Data downloads are now available by project or receiver directly through a new motus R package. Data will be available to download through this feature in real time, allowing you to update your .motus files as new data is available. Data will no longer be available through static files except in special circumstances. Detailed instructions on how to install this package, download your data, filter potential false positives, and start exploring are available in the updated Motus R Book.

A new Track Search tool allows you to view animated tracks of all Motus tags and summaries from each station, easily filtered by project or species.

We hope these tools will act as useful resources for your project. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or notice any issues with these new tools.

Happy exploring.

The Motus Crew

January 15, 2018
Tag Detection Data Update

Motus detection data files have been updated on your respective project pages at Motus.org which should include all data uploaded since September, with a few exceptions. We are working through various minor bugs for some batches which will be updated as they become available. Instructions on accessing your data are available in the Motus R Book.

Please let us know if you run into any problems, or if there appears to be any data missing from your files.

On behalf of the Motus Team.

September 18, 2017
Tag Detection Data Now Available

We are very pleased to announce that tag detection data are now available for download from the Motus web site!

Login to your account, visit the download page, select project, and look for the Tag detections link.

Data are provided as a SQLite file (extension .motus), which can be used in R. To help you navigate this, we created an online book that explains how you can load and use your data using R. The book will be expanded as new tools, R functions and examples become available. In the near future you will be able to create and update your own files directly from the Motus server within the R package (currently being developed).

The processing is now entirely automated and will deal with new receiver files as they are submitted. New files submitted will be added to the processing queue, and any detections of your tags will be added automatically to your project’s SQLite file available for download. Please note that not all of the receiver files have yet been processed. We’ll soon provide a status page on the Motus web site so you can see the processing status of each receiver.

We encourage you to scrutinize your data carefully for inconsistencies (e.g., false positive detections) or omissions (e.g., registered tags that don’t have associated detections data). Future updates to the Motus R book will provide instructions to help you filter and check your data. Recall that the data processing relies heavily on complete and accurate tag and receiver metadata, so please ensure your metadata are complete and up to date. Missing or incorrect metadata can result in missing detections for your and other projects. If you detect problems with your data, please contact motus@birdscanada.org with a carefully documented record of the issue(s). Please include enough detail that someone unfamiliar with your data can understand and reproduce your issue.

September 12, 2017
Motus Data Access Update

The following is an update to our note on 21 August (below). We are pleased to report that all of our automated processes are up and running, and are performing well. Data processing has been underway for several days and about half of all back-logged receivers have been completed.

We are currently populating “static files” for each project that will include all available data to date, which you will be able to download from your project page at motus.org starting 18 September. We will post an update to this list and contact project PI’s when these files are ready, along with instructions on how to access your data. We will continue to renew these files continuously as new data becomes available, and will notify everyone when all the receivers have been processed. Until all receivers have been processed, data for your project might be incomplete. Nevertheless, this is an excellent opportunity to begin working with your data.

Please note that the data processing relies heavily on complete and accurate tag and receiver metadata, so please ensure your metadata are complete and up to date. Missing or incorrect metadata can result in missing detections for your and other projects.

We apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

August 21, 2017
An update on data processing

Over the past year, we have been working on computer programming intended to process most aspects of Motus data automatically. When completed, this will allow for rapid data retrieval by researchers, and support continued growth of the Motus network. This transition has taken longer than we anticipated, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

We are now pleased report that we have been making excellent progress with programming and testing. As a result, we anticipate that your data will be available to you in early September. We will provide instructions soon on how you will be able to access and use your data through a Motus R package.

We will post another update as soon as the process is completed. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete the automation process which is necessary for an efficient and effective system.

The Motus team

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