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DescriptionTerms used to describe on-animal sensor data stored in the Movebank database (movebank.org), including individual measurements (events), reference data (animals, tags, deployments) and studies.
CreatorMax Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
Modified2021-04-08
Version Info3
Identifier MVB
Register Manager British Oceanographic Data Centre
Register Owner Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
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Identifier PrefLabel Definition Date
MVB000030 Argos GDOP Geometric dilution of precision, a measure of the effect of the geometry of the satellite-beacon configuration on location accuracy, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '254'; Units: m/Hz; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000031 Argos IQ This quality indicator gives information on the transmitter in terms of two digits, X and Y. X is the first digit and indicates residual error on the frequency calculation; Y is the second digit and indicates transmitter oscillator frequency drift between two satellite passes. Values provided in Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Values obtained through some Argos channels do not include leading 0s, so 1-digit values indicate X = 0 and blank values or values of '0' indicate both X and Y = 0. Allowed values are X = 0: No calculation of residual frequency error (fewer than four messages received); X = 1,2,3: Unsatisfactory convergence of calculation; X = 4: Residual frequency error > 1.5 Hz; X = 5: 0.15 Hz < residual frequency error < 1.5 Hz; X = 6: Residual frequency error < 0.15 Hz; Y = 0: No check on transmit frequency drift, as the two results are more than 12 hours apart; Y = 1: Frequency discrepancy > 400 Hz Probably due to transmit frequency discrepancy, change of oscillator, etc; Y = 2: Previous location is less than 1/2 hour old. Frequency discrepancy > 30 Hz, i.e. F/F (over 10 min) >2.5 E-8; Y = 3: Frequency drift > 4 Hz/minute, i.e. F/F (10 min) > 1.10-7; Y = 4: Frequency drift < 4 Hz/minute, i.e. F/F (10 min) < 1.10-7; Y = 5: Frequency drift < 2 Hz/minute, i.e. F/F (10 min) < 5.10-8; Y = 6: Frequency drift < 1 Hz/minute, i.e. F/F (10 min) < 2.5 . 10-8; Y = 7: Frequency drift < 0.4 Hz/minute, i.e. F/F (10 min) < 1.10-8; Y = 8: Frequency drift < 0.2 Hz/minute, i.e. F/F (10 min) < 5.10-9. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000034 Argos LC The location class retrieved from Argos (0, 1, 2, 3, A, B, Z), Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000039 Argos NOPC Number of plausibility checks successful (from 0-4), Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '3'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000026 Argos altitude Altitude used for location calculation, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '27'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000027 Argos best level Best signal strength, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '-117'; Units: dB; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000028 Argos calcul freq Calculated frequency, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '401.6732709'; Units: Hz; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000029 Argos error radius One standard deviation (sigma) of the estimated location error, assuming isotropic error, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '229'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000032 Argos lat1 Solution 1. platform latitude in degrees and thousandths of degrees, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '19.493'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000033 Argos lat2 Solution 2. platform latitude in degrees and thousandths of degrees, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '14.773'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000035 Argos lon1 Solution 1. platform longitude in degrees and thousandths of degrees, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '99.712'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000036 Argos lon2 Solution 2. platform longitude in degrees and thousandths of degrees, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '120.286'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000037 Argos nb mes The number of messages received [to calculate location], Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '8'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000038 Argos nb mes 120 The number of messages received by the satellite at a signal strength greater than -120 decibels, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '2'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000040 Argos orientation The orientation of the semi-major axis of the error elipse, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '83'; Units: degrees clockwise from north; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000041 Argos pass duration Time elapsed between the first and last message received by the satellite, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '118'; Units: s; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000042 Argos sat ID The satellite identifier, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: 'P'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000043 Argos semi major Length of the semi-major axis of the error ellipse, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '300'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000044 Argos semi minor Length of the semi-minor axis of the error ellipse, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '175'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000045 Argos sensor 1 The value of the first Argos sensor, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Units are specific to the sensor. Example: '229'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000046 Argos sensor 2 The value of the second Argos sensor, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Units are specific to the sensor. Example: '42'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000047 Argos sensor 3 The value of the third Argos sensor, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Units are specific to the sensor. Example: '3'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000048 Argos sensor 4 The value of the fourth Argos sensor, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Units are specific to the sensor. Example: '63'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000049 Argos transmission timestamp UTC time for the location, Argos diagnostic data (definition from Argos User's Manual 2011). Example: '2012-03-26 12:27:32.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000050 Argos valid location algorithm Indicates which of the two location estimates provided by Argos is the valid location, using a user-selected filter algorithm in Movebank. Allowed values are 1 = The Argos filter algorithm has chosen the primary location (solution 1, lat1/lon1) as the valid location; 2 = The Argos filter algorithm has chosen the alternate location (solution 2, lat2/lon2) as the valid location. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000051 Argos valid location manual Indicates which of the two location estimates provided by Argos is the valid location, as chosen by the user. Values override the results of 'Argos valid location algorithm'. Allowed values are 1 = The user has chosen the primary location (solution 1, lat1/lon1) as the valid location; 2 = The user has chosen the alternate location (solution 2, lat2/lon2) as the valid location. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000056 BAS compensated latitude Latitude compensated for longitudinal movement assuming uniform movement, .trj (definition from British Antarctic Survey Geolocator Manual v. 8, 2010). Example: '86.03'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000057 BAS confidence Confidence level of the fix, defined by the individual who processed the data (definition from British Antarctic Survey Geolocator Manual v. 8, 2010). Example: '9'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000058 BAS fix type Time of day used to obtain location estimate (definition from British Antarctic Survey Geolocator Manual v. 8, 2010). Allowed values are noon = The fix was obtained using sunrise followed by sunset; midnight = The fix was obtained using sunset followed by sunrise. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000059 BAS mid value secs The time of local noon/midnight as number of seconds since 1st Jan 1900 (definition from British Antarctic Survey Geolocator Manual v. 8, 2010). Example: '39734.64931'; Units: seconds; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000060 BAS stationary latitude The latitude [of the location estimate] calculated using a stationary target (definition from British Antarctic Survey Geolocator Manual v. 8, 2010). Example: '84.18'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000061 BAS transition 1 Time of sunrise (definition from British Antarctic Survey Geolocator Manual v. 8, 2010). Example: '0.530555555555556'; Units: GMT; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000062 BAS transition 2 Time of sunset (definition from British Antarctic Survey Geolocator Manual v. 8, 2010). Example: '0.690972222222222'; Units: GMT; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000249 CPU temperature Temperature reported by the CPU core on the tag. Example: '26.65'; Units: degrees Celsius; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000105 Flt switch The 'switch' value provided by Fleetronic tags. Identifies the action carried out by the tag, relevant for logger performance testing and data filtering (definition from Kris Van Uffelen, Fleetronic, personal communication 2014). Allowed values are 0 = SV_LowestPositionSwitch; 6 = SV_PositionAcceleration; 48 = SV_PowerUp; 49 = SV_InternalStatus1; 64 = SV_Network; 69 = SV_ReceivedSMS; 72 = SV_SettingsAccepted; 77 = SV_TimeAlive; 112 =SV_LcdData1. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000115 GPS DOP Dilution of precision provided by the GPS. Example: '1.8'; Units: unitless; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000118 GPS HDOP Horizontal dilution of precision provided by the GPS. Example: '1.2'; Units: unitless; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000122 GPS VDOP Vertical dilution of precision provided by the GPS. Example: '1.9'; Units: unitless; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000114 GPS activity count A value provided by some tags that can be used to generally indicate whether an animal is active. Example: '209'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000116 GPS fix type The type of GPS fix. To import non-numeric characters use 'GPS fix type raw'. Allowed values are 1 = no fix; 2 = 2D fix (altitude typically not valid); 3 = 3D fix (altitude typically valid). Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000117 GPS fix type raw The type of GPS fix as provided by the tag. Common values are 1D = no fix; 2D = altitude typically not valid; 3D = altitude typically valid. Other values might be present. Where possible, use 'GPS fix type'. Example: '3D'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000119 GPS maximum signal strength The signal reception strength of the strongest GPS satellite of those used to calculate the location estimate. Example: '39'; Units: dBm; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000251 GPS message count The number of messages transmitted to satellites. Example: '278'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000120 GPS satellite count The number of GPS satellites used to estimate the location. Example: '8'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000237 GPS speed accuracy estimate Estimated accuracy of the ground speed. Units: m/s; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000121 GPS time to fix The time required to obtain the GPS location fix. Example: '36'; Units: s; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000125 GSM MCC-MNC The mobile country code (MCC) (digits 1-3) and mobile network code (MNC) (digits 4-5 or 4-6) uniquely identifying the wireless operator through which the data are transferred. Example: '50711'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000126 GSM signal strength An integer proportional to the GSM signal strength measured by the tag. Valid values are 0�31, or 99 for unknown or undetectable. Higher values indicate better signal strength. Example: '39'; Units: arbitrary strength units (asu); Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000111 Gt sys week The week number since the device was activated (definition from GeoTrak's 'PTT Decode Overview', 2014). Example: '4'; Units: weeks; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000112 Gt tx count The number of transmissions since last rollover (definition from GeoTrak's 'PTT Decode Overview', 2014). Example: '4840'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000254 I am collaborator Used in the REST API. Whether the user credentials used in the request are for a Movebank user that is a Collaborator for the study. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000217 I am owner Used in the REST API. Whether the user credentials used in the request are for a Movebank user that is a Data Manager for the study. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000218 I can see data Used in the REST API. Whether the user credentials used in the request are for a Movebank user that has permission to view some or all tracks on Movebank. Does not indicate whether this user has permission to download data. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000255 I have download access Used in the REST API. Whether the user credentials used in the request are for a Movebank user that has permission to download some or all data from the study. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000149 Lotek CRC status Cyclic Redundancy Check (raw values) provided by Lotek. These translate to the values stored in 'Lotek CRC status text' (definition from '11884 PinPoint User Manual Rev 5.pdf', Lotek, personal correspondence 2018). Allowed values are G = OK (good data); E = Fail (data has been corrupted on transmission, and therefore cannot be trusted); F = OK(corrected) (the message was corrected with Lotek's error correction algorithm). Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000150 Lotek CRC status text Cyclic Redundancy Check provided by Lotek (definition from '11884 PinPoint User Manual Rev 5.pdf', Lotek, personal correspondence 2018). Allowed values are OK = good data; Fail = data has been corrupted on transmission, and therefore cannot be trusted; OK(corrected) = the message was corrected with Lotek's error correction algorithm. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000158 Mw activity count The activity counter value. This value increments when the PTT is moving while it is transmitting. If the activity counter is constant for two or more transmission periods (and the GPS locations are unvarying), you should consider the possibility that the PTT has become detached or the bird is down (definition from the Microwave Telemetry, Inc. Solar Argos/GPS PTT-100 Field Manual, 2012). Example: '209'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000159 Mw show in KML Used by Microwave GPS tags to flag implausible locations. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE; implausible locations have the value FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000163 Ornitela transmission protocol The way in which the data from Ornitela tags were transmitted. Allowed values are SMS or GPRS. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000192 TechnoSmart activity An indication of whether an animal is active. Possible values are 'active' and 'inactive'. The threshold used to define activity is dependent on how the tag is configured by the user. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000193 TechnoSmart signal quality The strength of satellite reception. Ranges from 0 to 500. Higher values indicate better reception. Example: '230'; Units: dB-Hz; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000205 UTM easting The easting of the location as estimated by the sensor. Example: '756243.7836'; Units: meters, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000206 UTM northing The northing of the location as estimated by the sensor. Example: '3628361.84012295'; Units: meters, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000207 UTM zone The UTM zone used to convert locations from decimal degrees to UTM. Selected based on the location of each event. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000001 acceleration axes The enabled accelerometer axes. Example: 'XYZ'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000002 acceleration raw x Raw acceleration values provided by the tag for the X axis. Range and units may vary by provider, tag, and orientation of the sensor on the animal. Example: '0.556641'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000003 acceleration raw y Raw acceleration values provided by the tag for the Y axis. Range and units may vary by provider, tag, and orientation of the sensor on the animal. Example: '0.09375'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000004 acceleration raw z Raw acceleration values provided by the tag for the Z axis. Range and units may vary by provider, tag, and orientation of the sensor on the animal. Example: '-0.84375'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000005 acceleration sampling frequency per axis The sampling frequency for one axis of an accelerometer within a burst. Example: '5.93'; Units: Hz; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000006 acceleration x Acceleration values provided by the tag for the X axis. For acceleration values not in units of m/s^2, use 'acceleration raw x'. Example: '-0.125'; Units: m/s^2; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000007 acceleration y Acceleration values provided by the tag for the Y axis. For acceleration values not in units of m/s^2, use 'acceleration raw y'. Example: '-0.156'; Units: m/s^2; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000008 acceleration z Acceleration values provided by the tag for the Z axis. For acceleration values not in units of m/s^2, use 'acceleration raw z'. Example: '0.453'; Units: m/s^2; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000009 accelerations raw Burst of acceleration sensor values. Example: '-0.609 -0.094 0.820 -0.562 -0.117 0.820 -0.586 -0.141 0.796 -0.679 -0.117 0.750 -0.656 -0.117 0.773 -0.586 -0.187 0.867 -0.468 -0.234 0.656 -0.960 0.094 0.609 -1.148 0.164 0.492 -0.773 0.164 0.398 -0.843 0.351 0.515 -1.312 0.468 0.468'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000010 acknowledgements Acknowledgements for the study. These can include institutions that provided funding or site access and the names of field assistants, collaborators, etc. Example: 'We thank Carrie Smith and John Johnson for help in the field and the Delaware Parks Association for access to our research site and logistical support.'; Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000011 algorithm marked outlier Identifies events marked as outliers using a user-selected filter algorithm in Movebank. Outliers have the value TRUE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000244 alt project ID A name or unique identifier for a project associated with the deployment, for example a monitoring program or another data platform. Best practice is to include the name of the related database or organization followed by the project identifier. Example: 'MOTUS145'; Units: not defined; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000245 angular velocities raw Burst of angular velocity values along the X, Y, and/or Z axes of the tag, depending on which axes are enabled. Measurements alternate one measurement for each active axis in alphabetical order. Example: '19.5625 -53.0625 7.1250 71.3125 -130.3125 15.9375 123.4375 -140.7500 8.6250'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000246 angular velocity X The speed of rotational motion around the X axis of the gyroscope. Example: '6.0625'; Units: deg/s; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000247 angular velocity Y The speed of rotational motion around the Y axis of the gyroscope. Example: '-1.875'; Units: deg/s; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000248 angular velocity Z The speed of rotational motion around the Z axis of the gyroscope. Example: '0.8125'; Units: deg/s; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000016 animal ID An individual identifier for the animal, provided by the data owner. If the data owner does not provide an Animal ID, an internal Movebank animal identifier is sometimes shown. Example: '91876A, Gary'; Units: none; Entity described: individual 2019-10-03
MVB000012 animal comments Additional information about the animal that is not described by other reference data terms. Example: 'sibling of #1423'; Units: none; Entity described: individual 2019-10-03
MVB000013 animal death comments Comments about the death of the animal. Example: 'hit by a car'; Units: none; Entity described: individual 2019-10-03
MVB000014 animal earliest date born The earliest date an animal is thought to have been born. Example: '2001-01-01 00:00:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC (sometimes date is provided based on local time); Entity described: individual 2019-10-03
MVB000015 animal exact date of birth The exact date on which animal was born. Example: '2001-10-31 00:00:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC (sometimes date is provided based on local time); Entity described: individual 2021-04-07
MVB000017 animal latest date born The latest date an animal is thought to have been born. Example: '2001-12-12 00:00:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC (sometimes date is provided based on local time); Entity described: individual 2021-04-07
MVB000018 animal life stage The age class or life stage of the animal at the beginning of the deployment. Can be years or months of age or terms such as 'adult', 'subadult' and 'juvenile'. Best practice is to define units in the values if needed (e.g. '2 years'). Example: 'juvenile, adult'; Units: not defined; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000019 animal mass The mass of the animal, typically at the beginning of the deployment. Example: '500'; Units: grams; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000020 animal nickname An alternate identifier for the animal. Used as the display name for animals shown in the Animal Tracker App. Example: 'Ali'; Units: none; Entity described: individual 2019-10-03
MVB000021 animal reproductive condition The reproductive condition of the animal at the beginning of the deployment. Example: 'lactating'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000022 animal ring ID A number or color scheme for a band or ring attached to the animal. Example: '26225'; Units: none; Entity described: individual 2019-10-03
MVB000023 animal sex The sex of the animal. Allowed values are m = male; f = female; u = unknown. Format: controlled list; Entity described: individual 2021-04-07
MVB000024 animal taxon The scientific name of the species on which the tag was deployed, as defined by the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS, www.itis.gov). If the species name can not be provided, this should be the lowest level taxonomic rank that can be determined and that is used in the ITIS taxonomy. Additional information can be provided using the term 'taxon detail'. Format: controlled list; Entity described: individual 2021-04-07
MVB000025 animal taxon detail A more specific name and/or reference for the taxon name provided by 'animal taxon'. This can be used, for example, to specify a subspecies or a taxon not supported by the ITIS. Example: 'Calonectris diomedea borealis (Cory, 1881)'; Units: none; Entity described: individual 2019-10-03
MVB000052 attachment type The way a tag is attached to an animal. Values are chosen from a controlled list: collar = The tag is attached by a collar around the animal's neck; fin mount = The tag is attached to the animal's fin; glue = The tag is attached to the animal using glue; harness = The tag is attached to the animal using a harness; implant = The tag is placed under the skin of the animal; tape = The tag is attached to the animal using tape; other = user specified. Format: controlled list; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000053 barometric depth The barometric water pressure depth. Example: '-11'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000054 barometric height Altitude estimated by a barometric pressure sensor on the tag. Example: '179'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000055 barometric pressure The barometric air or water pressure. Example: '32536.0'; Units: mbar (hPa); Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000063 battery charge percent The battery charge as a percentage of full charge. Example: '25'; Units: none (percent); Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000064 battery charging current The battery charging current reported by the tag. Example: '0'; Units: milliamperes (mA); Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000066 behaviour according to A description of behavioral categories contained in the event data and/or how they were derived. Example: 'Behavior was derived using acceleration data and an automated algorithm calibrated using field observations.'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000067 behavioural classification Behavioural classifications assigned to the animal by the data owner. The method for defining and assigning these classifications are unique to the study and can be described using 'behaviour according to'. Recommended best practice is to use a controlled list. Example: 'roosting, foraging, running'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000068 citation One or more citations for the study. Include citations for published papers or reports describing the data in the study. If the data have not been published, an 'unpublished data' or 'in progress' citation should be used, listing authors and a title for the dataset. Example: 'McIntyre CL, Douglas DC, Collopy MW (2008) Movements of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) from interior Alaska during their first year of independence. The Auk 125(1): 214-224. https://doi.org/10.1525/auk.2008.125.1.214 '; Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000069 comments Additional information about events that is not described by other event data terms. Example: 'we observed the animal foraging (see photo BT25)'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000070 compass heading The tilt-compensated horizontal compass heading. Example: '62'; Units: degrees clockwise from magnetic north; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000071 conductivity The maximum conductivity recorded during the measurement interval. Example: '17'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000072 contact person The name and username of the Movebank account for the person who is the contact for the study. Example: 'Rolandisimo (Roland Kays)'; Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000214 data decoding software The name or version of software used to decode the sensor data. Example: '11'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000073 data processing software Name of the software program/s, scripts, etc. used to process raw sensor data and derive location estimates. Example: 'BASTrack'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000074 deploy off latitude The geographic latitude of the location where the deployment ended. Intended primarily for cases in which the recapture, tag retrieval or other final location has higher accuracy than that derived from sensor data. Example: '-38.6866'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000075 deploy off longitude The geographic longitude of the location where the deployment ended. Intended primarily for cases in which the recapture, tag retrieval or other final location has higher accuracy than that derived from sensor data. Example: '146.3104'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000076 deploy off person The name of the person/people who removed the tag from the animal and ended the deployment. Example: 'J. Smith'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000077 deploy off timestamp The timestamp when the tag deployment ended, as defined by the data owner. Example: '2009-10-01 12:00:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC or GPS time; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000078 deploy on latitude The geographic latitude of the location where the animal was released. Intended primarily for cases in which the animal release location has higher accuracy than that derived from sensor data. Example: '27.3516'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000079 deploy on longitude The geographic longitude of the location where the animal was released. Intended primarily for cases in which the animal release location has higher accuracy than that derived from sensor data. Example: '-97.3321'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000080 deploy on person The name of the person/people who attached the tag to the animal and began the deployment. Example: 'G. Smith'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000081 deploy on timestamp The timestamp when the tag deployment started. Example: '2008-08-30 18:00:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC or GPS time; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000085 deployment ID A unique identifier for the deployment of a tag on animal, provided by the data owner. If the data owner does not provide a Deployment ID, an internal Movebank deployment identifier may sometimes be shown. Example: 'Jane-Tag42'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000082 deployment comments Additional information about the tag deployment that is not described by other reference data terms. Example: 'body length 154 cm; condition good'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000083 deployment end comments A description of the end of a tag deployment, such as cause of mortality or notes on the removal and/or failure of tag. Example: 'data transmission stopped after 108 days. Cause unknown'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000084 deployment end type A categorical classification of the tag deployment end, from a controlled list: captured = The tag remained on the animal but the animal was captured or confined; dead = The deployment ended with the death of the animal that was carrying the tag; equipment failure = The tag stopped working; fall off = The attachment of the tag to the animal failed, and it fell of accidentally; other = other; released = The tag remained on the animal but the animal was released from captivity or confinement; removal = The tag was purposefully removed from the animal; unknown = The deployment ended by an unknown cause. Format: controlled list; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000086 duty cycle Remarks associated with the duty cycle of a tag during the deployment, describing the times it is on/off and the frequency at which it transmits or records data. Units and time zones should be defined in the remarks. Example: '15-min fixes from 8:00-18:00 local time (0:00-10:00 UTC)'; Units: not defined; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000102 end timestamp The date and time when the sampling interval or burst ended. Example: '2011-01-03 13:45:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC or GPS time; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000087 eobs acceleration axes This tells you about the enabled ACC axes, like X and/or Y and/or Z (definition from 'e-obs GPS-acceleration-tags application note: How to use the acceleration sensor, interpret, analyse its data and how to get values in m/s^2', 2011). Example: 'XYZ'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000088 eobs acceleration sampling frequency per axis This is the sampling frequency for one axis. Don't mix this up with the sampling frequency for all axes together. For example if you have three ACC axes enabled, then the sampling frequency for all axes together is three times the sampling frequency for one axis. The sampling frequency is measured in Hertz, which is the same as 1/second. For example a sampling frequency of 10 Hz means that you get 10 samples per second (definition from 'e-obs GPS-acceleration-tags application note: How to use the acceleration sensor, interpret, analyse its data and how to get values in m/s^2', 2011). Example: '5.93'; Units: Hz; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000089 eobs accelerations raw Acceleration along the X and or Y and or Z axes of the tag, depending on which axes were activated on the tag as described in 'eobs acceleration axes'. Measurements alternate one measurement for each active axis in alphabetical order. The values are digital readings between 0 and 4095 of the analogue digital converter on the tag, and can be converted to m/s^2 with proper calibration. These samples are made at the rate described by the field 'eobs acceleration sampling frequency per axis' starting with the first sample at the time described in the field 'e-obs start timestamp'. Tags with numbers e-obs numbers 2242 and higher, which began being provided in spring 2012, have Y-axis values in the opposite direction from those in older tags (definition from 'e-obs GPS-acceleration-tags application note: How to use the acceleration sensor, interpret, analyse its data and how to get values in m/s^2', 2011; Wolgang Heidrich, e-obs Digital Telemetry, personal communication, 2012). Example: '1844 1889 1653 1845 1896 1653 1837 1897 1653 1842 1898 1650 1844 1899 1644 1840...'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000090 eobs activity An indication of activity since the previous data message was sent, based on raw acceleration data, provided in SMS messages sent by e-obs GSM tags. Values range from 0 (least activity) to 256 (most activity). The number of acceleration measurements used to determine activity is indicated in e-obs activity samples (Wolgang Heidrich, e-obs Digital Telemetry, personal communication, 2013). Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000091 eobs activity samples The number of acceleration measurements used to calculate e-obs activity divided by 171. This is provided in SMS messages sent by GSM tags (Wolgang Heidrich, e-obs Digital Telemetry, personal communication, 2013). Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000092 eobs battery voltage Unloaded battery voltage (definition from Franz Kuemmeth, e-obs Digital Telemetry, personal communication, 2012). Example: '3712'; Units: mV; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000093 eobs fix battery voltage Loaded battery voltage, i.e. battery voltage when GPS module is acquiring a fix (definition from e-obs Digital Telemetry Manual for DataDecoder Software, 2010; Franz Kuemmeth, e-obs Digital Telemetry, personal communication, 2012). Example: '3535'; Units: mV; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000094 eobs horizontal accuracy estimate A horizontal (in)accuracy estimate, calculated by the GPS module (definition from e-obs Digital Telemetry Manual for DataDecoder Software, 2010; Franz Kuemmeth, e-obs Digital Telemetry, personal communication, 2012). Example: '35.07'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000095 eobs key bin checksum A checksum of the original binary data, so that Movebank can quickly compare different lines by comparing their checksums (definition from 'e-obs GPS-acceleration-tags application note: How to use the acceleration sensor, interpret, analyse its data and how to get values in m/s^2', 2011). Example: '4152324118'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000096 eobs speed accuracy estimate A speed (in)accuracy estimate, calculated by the GPS module. The speed accuracy estimate (better named 'inaccuracy estimation') may show very high values, since the GPS module calculates a very conservative value. These speed measurements are potentially very inaccurate when interpreting the data (definition from e-obs Digital Telemetry Manual for DataDecoder Software, 2010; Franz Kuemmeth, e-obs Digital Telemetry, personal communication, 2012). Example: '6.58'; Units: m/s; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000097 eobs start timestamp The date and time of day when the acceleration burst belonging to this line begins. The exact time of the first sample is a little later (up to 1 second) for older e-obs tags, especially when the ACC-pinger is enabled (4 pings before the start of each ACC burst) (definition from 'e-obs GPS-acceleration-tags application note: How to use the acceleration sensor, interpret, analyse its data and how to get values in m/s^2', 2011). Example: '2011-01-03 13:45:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: GPS time; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000098 eobs status The record status, from e-obs GPS/accelerometer tags (definition from e-obs Digital Telemetry Manual for DataDecoder Software, 2010). Allowed values are A = position and time within accuracy masks; B = only time of week and weeknumber valid; C = only weeknumber valid; D = no valid data. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000099 eobs temperature Temperature; this value is not calibrated and therefore very inaccurate (definition from e-obs Digital Telemetry Manual for DataDecoder Software, 2010). Example: '45, -8'; Units: degrees Celsius; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000100 eobs type of fix The type of fix of data from e-obs GPS/accelerometer tags (definition from e-obs Digital Telemetry Manual for DataDecoder Software, 2010). Allowed values are 3 = 3D fix and 2 = 2D fix. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000101 eobs used time to get fix The amount of time that was needed for this GPS fix; interesting for estimating power requirements (definition from e-obs Digital Telemetry Manual for DataDecoder Software, 2010). Example: '22'; Units: seconds; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000103 event ID An identifier for the set of values associated with each event, i.e. sensor measurement. A unique event ID is assigned to every time-location or other time-measurement record in Movebank. If multiple measurements are included within a single row of a data file, they will share an event ID. If users import the same sensor measurement to Movebank multiple times, a separate event ID will be assigned to each. Example: '6340565'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000104 external temperature The temperature measured by the tag (different from ambient temperature or internal body temperature of the animal). Example: '32.1'; Units: degrees Celsius; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000106 geolocator calibration A description of how solar geolocators were calibrated. Best practice is to refer to a publication and/or analysis software/parameters used. Example: 'on-animal calibration over a two-week period in the breeding site; see Jameson et al. (2011)'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000107 geolocator fix type The period of day (or a value indicating the period of day) used to estimate location by geolocation. Example: 'sunrise'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000108 geolocator light threshold The light threshold used for location estimation with solar geolocators. Example: '16'; Units: not defined; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000215 geolocator rise The period of day used to estimate location by geolocation. TRUE = sunrise, FALSE = sunset. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000109 geolocator sensor comments Description of light and other sensors, e.g. range of light intensity, light spectra (nm) that is not described by other reference data terms. Example: 'tag includes light-level and wet-dry sensors'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000110 geolocator sun elevation angle The sun elevation angle used for location estimation with solar geolocators. Example: '-2.86'; Units: degrees; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000216 geolocator twilight3 The date and time of twilight detected by automated processing. Example: '2008-08-14 18:31:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC or GPS time; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000250 go public date Used in the REST API. A date scheduled by the study owner on which the study will become public. Example: '2022-04-01 08:00:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000123 grants used A list or description of grants used to fund the research. Example: 'This project was funded by an NSF grant to RK.'; Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000124 ground speed The estimated ground speed provided by the sensor or calculated between consecutive locations. Example: '7.22'; Units: m/s; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000252 gyroscope axes The enabled gyroscope axes. Example: 'XYZ'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000253 gyroscope sampling frequency per axis The sampling frequency for each axis measured by the gyroscope. Can be used to report bursts of values associated with a single timestamp. Example: '5.93'; Units: Hz; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000127 habitat A category or description of the habitat. Information about how the values were obtained can be provided using 'habitat according to'. Example: 'oak savannah'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000128 habitat according to A description of habitat categories contained in the event data, how they were derived and/or a reference to indicate which habitat classification system was used. Example: 'visual analysis using 2018 satellite imagery'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000129 heading The direction in which the tag is moving, in decimal degrees clockwise from north, as provided by the sensor or calculated between consecutive locations. Values range from 0-360: 0 = north, 90 = east, 180 = south, 270 = west. Example: '315.88'; Units: degrees clockwise from north; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000130 height above ellipsoid The estimated height above the ellipsoid, typically estimated by the tag. If altitudes are calculated as height above mean sea level, use 'height above mean sea level'. Example: '24.8'; Units: meters; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000131 height above mean sea level The estimated height of the tag above mean sea level, typically estimated by the tag. If altitudes are calculated as height above an ellipsoid, use 'height above ellipsoid'. Example: '34'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000132 height raw Raw values for the height of the tag above ellipsoid or mean sea level, typically estimated by the tag. Values are stored as raw text values because non-numeric characters are used or processing is required to derive the correct height estimate. Best practice is to define values in the reference data. Example: '425, 2D fix'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000133 import marked outlier Identifies events as outliers. Typically used to import a record of outliers that were identified by the data provider or owner with automated methods outside of Movebank. Outliers have the value TRUE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000134 individual local identifier An individual identifier for the animal, provided by the data owner. If the data owner does not provide an Animal ID, an internal Movebank animal identifier is sometimes shown. Example: '91876A, Gary'; Units: none; Entity described: individual 2019-10-03
MVB000135 individual taxon canonical name The scientific name of the species on which the tag was deployed, as defined by the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS, www.itis.gov). If the species name can not be provided, this should be the lowest level taxonomic rank that can be determined and that is used in the ITIS taxonomy. Additional information can be provided using the term 'taxon detail'. Format: controlled list; Entity described: individual 2021-04-07
MVB000256 internal temperature The internal body temperature of the animal measured by the tag. Example: '37.1'; Units: degrees Celsius; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000136 lat lower The lower bound of the latitude estimate. Values can be described using 'location error percentile' and 'location accuracy comments'. Example: '23.4'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000137 lat upper The upper bound of the latitude estimate. Values can be described using 'location error percentile' and 'location accuracy comments'. Example: '32.4'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000138 license terms Terms of use for the data in the study, provided by the study owner. Also see 'license type' for use of Creative Commons licenses. In addition to terms listed, the General Movebank Terms of Use and User Agreement apply for all studies. Example: 'Data can be viewed publicly and used for educational purposes, but cannot be shared or used in publications without prior written permission from principal investigator.'; Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000257 license type The license that currently applies to data that are publicly downloadable from the study. Chosen by the study owner. If CUSTOM is selected, details may be available in 'license terms'. Allowed values are CC_BY = Creative Commons Attribution (BY) License; CC_BY_NC = Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (BY-NC) License; CC_0 = Creative Commons Universal (CC0) License; CUSTOM = Custom terms of use defined by the study owner. Format: controlled list; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000139 light level Light-level values measured by a solar geolocator. Best practice is to define values in the reference data. Example: '28'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000140 local timestamp The date and time a sensor measurement was taken in the time zone of the study reference location. The time zone for the study reference location is determined using the IANA Time Zone Database and a shapefile of these zones provided by efele.net. Example: '2008-08-14 15:31:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: specific to the study time zone; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000141 location accuracy comments Comments about the values provided in 'location error text', 'location error numerical', 'vertical error numerical', 'lat lower', 'lat upper', 'long lower' and/or 'long upper'. The percentile uncertainty can be provided using 'location error percentile'. Example: '1 standard deviation errors, assuming normal distribution, provided by the GPS unit'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000142 location error numerical An estimate of the horizontal error of the location including only numbers. (If the error estimates include non-numerical characters such as '>' use 'location error text'.) These values can be described using 'location error percentile' and 'location accuracy comments'. Example: '50'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000143 location error percentile The percentile error for horizontal error values provided in 'location error text', 'location error numerical', 'lat lower', 'lat upper', 'long lower' and/or 'long upper'. Additional comments about these values can be provided using 'location accuracy comments'. Example: '67'; Units: unitless (percent); Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000144 location error text An estimate of the horizontal error of the location estimate, typically provided in the original data file, described using more than numbers. Units should be provided in the values. (If the values are purely numeric, use 'location error numerical'.) Best practice is to define values and units using 'location error percentile' and/or 'location accuracy comments'. Example: '> 25 ft'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000145 location lat The geographic latitude of the location as estimated by the sensor. Positive values are east of the Greenwich Meridian, negative values are west of it. Example: '-41.0982423'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000146 location long The geographic longitude of the location as estimated by the sensor. Positive values are east of the Greenwich Meridian, negative values are west of it. Example: '-121.1761111'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000147 long lower The lower bound of the longitude estimate. Values can be described using 'location error percentile' and 'location accuracy comments'. Example: '0.236'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000148 long upper The upper bound of the longitude estimate. Values can be described using 'location error percentile' and 'location accuracy comments'. Example: '-0.489'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000219 magnetic field axes The enabled magnetometer axes. Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000151 magnetic field raw x Raw magnetic field values provided by the tag for the X axis. May include an unknown offset. Range and units may vary by provider, tag, and orientation of the sensor on the animal. Example: '-0.5197'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000152 magnetic field raw y Raw magnetic field values provided by the tag for the Y axis. May include an unknown offset. Range and units may vary by provider, tag, and orientation of the sensor on the animal. Example: '-0.993'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000153 magnetic field raw z Raw magnetic field values provided by the tag for the Z axis. May include an unknown offset. Range and units may vary by provider, tag, and orientation of the sensor on the animal. Example: '-0.8857'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000220 magnetic field sampling frequency per axis The sampling frequency for each axis measured by the magnetometer. Can be used to report bursts of values associated with a single timestamp. Example: '20'; Units: Hz; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000258 magnetic field x The magnetic field strength measured by the magnetometer for the X axis. For magnetic field strength values not in units of microtesla, use 'magnetic field raw x'. Example: '40.1367'; Units: microtesla (_T); Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000259 magnetic field y The magnetic field strength measured by the magnetometer for the Y axis. For magnetic field strength values not in units of microtesla, use 'magnetic field raw y'. Example: '-12.3047'; Units: microtesla (_T); Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000260 magnetic field z The magnetic field strength measured by the magnetometer for the Z axis. For magnetic field strength values not in units of microtesla, use 'magnetic field raw z'. Example: '99.0234'; Units: microtesla (_T); Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000221 magnetic fields raw Burst of magnetic field values along the X, Y, and/or Z axes of the tag, depending on which axes are enabled. Measurements alternate one measurement for each active axis in alphabetical order. Example: '-1 115 -29 12 112 -26 3 103 -27 14 112 -30 10 108 -22 12 100 -30 6 106 -26 16 102 -26 2 102 -18 2 102 -18'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000222 main location lat The latitude of the reference location for the study chosen by the data owner that is used as the location for the study marker shown on the Movebank map. This location can represent a colony, homing location, deployment site, resesarch institute location, or other location relevant to the study. Example: '42.718'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000223 main location long The longitude of the reference location for the study chosen by the data owner that is used as the location for the study marker shown on the Movebank map. This location can represent a colony, homing location, deployment site, resesarch institute location, or other location relevant to the study. Example: '-73.856'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000154 manipulation comments Additional comments about the way in which the animal was manipulated during the deployment. Use 'manipulation type' to define the general type of manipulation. Example: 'Relocated from breeding colony on Smithers Island to release location at 70.02E, 21.21S'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000155 manipulation type The way in which the animal was manipulated during the deployment. Additional information can be provided using 'manipulation comments'. Values are chosen from a controlled list: confined = The animal's movement was restricted to within a defined area; none = The animal received no treatment other than the tag attachment; relocated = The animal was released from a site other than the one at which it was captured; manipulated other = The animal was manipulated in some other way, such as a physiological manipulation. Format: controlled list; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000156 manually marked outlier Identifies events flagged manually as outliers, typically using the Event Editor in Movebank, and may also include outliers identified using other methods. Outliers have the value TRUE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000157 manually marked valid An event marked manually as valid to override the results of a Movebank data filter (stored in 'algorithm marked outlier'), typically using the Event Editor in Movebank. These values also override values in 'manually marked outlier' and 'import marked outlier'. Records marked as valid have the value TRUE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000160 migration stage The migration stage of the animal. Values are specific to the study. To use a controlled list of migration stages that can be compared across studies, use migration stage standard. Example: 'Stopover #1d'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000161 migration stage standard Migration state of the animal. Values are chosen from a controlled list: altitudinal migration; breeding grounds; fall migration; foraging grounds; foraging migration; irruptive migration; latitudinal migration; migration to molt site; molt site; natal area; nomadic migration; other seasonal migration; removal migration; reproductive migration; spawning grounds; spring migration; stopover; summer non-breeding; vertical migration (aquatic); wintering grounds. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000162 modelled Can be used to identify locations or light level values that are modelled, interpolated, or otherwise added or changed based on the original location or light level estimates from the original data collection system. These may include movement model outputs, locations added to create a dataset with equal time intervals, etc. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000261 mortality status The mortality status, as reported by the tag. Example: '1'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000224 number of deployed locations The number of deployed locations in the study. Values displayed in the study details on Movebank are calculated within minutes when changes are made. Values obtained through the REST API are calculated approximately daily. Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000225 number of deployments The number of deployments in the study or for an individual animal. Values displayed in the study details on Movebank are calculated within minutes when changes are made. Values obtained through the REST API are calculated approximately daily. Example: '10'; Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000262 number of events Used in the REST API. The number of events (data records) associated with the individual. Units: none; Entity described: individual 2021-04-07
MVB000226 number of individuals The number of individual animals in the study. Values displayed in the study details on Movebank are calculated within minutes when changes are made. Values obtained through the REST API are calculated approximately daily. Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000227 number of tags The number of tags in the study. Values displayed in the study details on Movebank are calculated within minutes when changes are made. Values obtained through the REST API are calculated approximately daily. Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000228 orientation quaternion raw w The w component of the quaternion representing the orientation of the tag, in raw values provided by the tag. Component values must be converted in order to get true quaternions. Example: '492'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000229 orientation quaternion raw x The x component of the quaternion representing the orientation of the tag, in raw values provided by the tag. Component values must be converted in order to get true quaternions. Example: '-90'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000230 orientation quaternion raw y The y component of the quaternion representing the orientation of the tag, in raw values provided by the tag. Component values must be converted in order to get true quaternions. Example: '127'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000231 orientation quaternion raw z The z component of the quaternion representing the orientation of the tag, in raw values provided by the tag. Component values must be converted in order to get true quaternions. Example: '-103'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000232 orientation quaternions raw Burst of raw coordinate values of quaternions defining the orientation of the tag. Example: '-10136 -6 -3 -121 -10944 -3 2 -120 -12516 -1 11 -117 -17502 2 15 -107 -19954 -11 10 -100 -20825 -7 12 -97 -19864 -12 18 -99 -21930 -1 6 -94 -22438 -3 19 -91 -21594 -7 24 -92'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000233 orientation quaternions sampling frequency The sampling frequency for quaternion measurements. Can be used to report bursts of values associated with a single timestamp. Example: '20'; Units: Hz; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000263 pitch The pitch of the tag, as measured by the gyroscope, accelerometer and/or magnetometer on the tag. Values range from -90 to 90, with positive values indicating backward pitch and negative values indicating forward pitch. Example: '-3.37'; Units: degrees; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000164 principal investigator The principal investigator (PI) or lead researcher for the study. Reported either as the PI name or the name and username of the associated Movebank account. Example: 'Rolandisimo (Roland Kays)'; Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000234 principal investigator address Address, affiliation or other contact information for the principal investigator (PI) or lead researcher for the study. Used when the PI does not have a Movebank account. Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000235 principal investigator email Email address for the principal investigator (PI) or lead researcher for the study. Used when the PI does not have a Movebank account. Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000236 principal investigator nameDEPRECATED The principal investigator (PI) or lead researcher for the study. Used when the PI does not have a Movebank account. Example: 'Charles Darwin'; Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000165 proofed Can be used to indicate whether or not records have been proofed by an expert involved with the study. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000264 provider update timestamp The timestamp on which the event was last updated by the data provider. Example: '2020-12-18 08:50:06.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000166 raptor workshop behaviorDEPRECATED Behavioral categories used for analysis as part of the Movebank raptor workshop in Hawk Mountain, USA, February 2009. Values are chosen from a controlled list: nesting = An observation where an animal is observed, or determined to be, at its nest site; roosting = An observation where an animal is observed, or determined to be, roosting. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000167 raptor workshop deployment special eventDEPRECATED Special events in the deployments used for analysis as part of the Movebank raptor workshop in Hawk Mountain, USA, February 2009. Values are chosen from a controlled list: biologically irrelevant = An observation that is found to be biologically irrelevant, for example because there was no animal wearing the tag; death = The location where an animal is found or determined to be dead; release site = The location where the animal is released; tag failure = The observation where the tag was found, or determined, to have failed. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000168 raptor workshop migration stateDEPRECATED Migration states used for analysis as part of the Movebank raptor workshop in Hawk Mountain, USA, February 2009. Values are chosen from a controlled list: breeding grounds = in the breeding grounds; fall migration = on fall migration; migration = on a seasonal migration; natal area = in the area where the animal was born; non-breeding grounds = in the non-breeding grounds, i.e. wintering grounds; spring migration = on spring migration; stopover = in a stopover site during a migration; summer non-breeding = in a summer non-breeding grounds. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000265 receiver ID An identifier for the receiver that detected the signal from the tag. Example: 'Schillig'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000266 relative humidity The relative humidity measured by the tag. Example: '23.8'; Units: none (percent); Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000267 roll The roll of the tag, as measured by the gyroscope, accelerometer and/or magnetometer on the tag. Values range from -180 to 180, with positive values indicating clockwise roll (rotation to the right) around the axis and negative values indicating anticlockwise roll (rotation to the left) around the axis. Example: '-7.35'; Units: degrees; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000169 sampling frequency The sampling frequency. Example: '5.93'; Units: Hz; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000170 sensor type The type of sensor with which data were collected. All sensors are associated with a tag id, and tags can contain multiple sensor types. Each event record in Movebank is assigned one sensor type. If values from multiple sensors are reported in a single event, the primary sensor is used. Values are chosen from a controlled list: acceleration = The sensor collects acceleration data; accessory measurements = The sensor collects accessory measurements, such as battery voltage; acoustic telemetry = The sensor transmits an acoustic signal that is detected by receivers to determine location; Argos Doppler shift = The sensor uses Argos Doppler shift to determine location; barometer = The sensor records air or water pressure; bird ring = The animal is identified by a band or ring that has a unique identifier; GPS = The sensor uses GPS to determine location; magnetometer = The sensor records the magnetic field; natural mark = The animal is identified by a unique natural marking; orientation = Quaternion components describing the orientation of the tag are derived from accelerometer and gyroscope measurements; radio transmitter = The sensor transmits a radio signal that is detected by receivers to determine location; solar geolocator = The sensor collects light levels, which are used to determine position (for processed locations); solar geolocator raw = The sensor collects light levels, which are used to determine position (for raw light-level measurements); solar geolocator twilight = The sensor collects light levels, which are used to determine position (for twilights calculated from light-level measurements). Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000268 sensor type IDs Used in the REST API. A comma-separated list of sensor types currently assigned to events in the study or for the individual. Units: none; Entity described: n/a 2021-04-07
MVB000269 solar cell voltage The voltage of the solar panel. Units: mV; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000270 solar voltage percent The voltage of the solar panel, reported as a percentage of maximum possible voltage. Units: none (percent); Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000171 start timestamp The date and time when the sampling interval or burst began. Example: '2011-01-03 13:45:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC or GPS time; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000172 study ID A unique identifier for the study in Movebank that is created automatically by the database. Example: '2911040'; Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000173 study name The name of the study in Movebank. Example: 'Coyotes, Kays and Bogan, Albany NY'; Units: none; Entity described: study (event) 2019-10-03
MVB000271 study permission Used in the REST API. Whether the user credentials used in the request are for a Movebank user that is a Collaborator or Data Manager for the study. Allowed values are collaborator = user is a Collaborator; data_manager = user is a Data Manager; na = user has no credentials for the study and has the same access as the public. Format: controlled list; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000174 study reference location A reference location for the study chosen by the data owner that is used as the location for the study marker shown on the Movebank map. This location can represent a colony, homing location, deployment site, or other location relevant to the study. Example: '-73.856, 42.718'; Units: decimal degrees, WGS84 reference system; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000175 study site A location such as the deployment site or colony, or a location-related group such as the herd or pack name. Example: 'Pickerel Island North'; Units: none; Entity described: deployment 2019-10-03
MVB000176 study summary A description of the study objectives, methods, and results. Example: 'To examine how well coyotes survive in suburban areas in the study region by assessing individual movements, habitat use, survivorship and correlates of cause-specific mortality.'; Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000177 study time zone The time zone at the study reference location, determined using the IANA Time Zone Database and a shapefile of these zones provided by efele.net. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000272 study type Type of study. Standard studies are 'research' studies. Format: controlled list; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000178 study-specific measurement Values for a study-specific attribute. Best practice is to define the values and units in the reference data or study details. Example: '1112:01'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000238 suspend license terms Used in the REST API. Whether or not the study owner allows users that are not Data Managers to download data without accepting license terms. This is sometimes done to facilitate access through external applications. Units: none; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000181 tag ID A unique identifier for the tag, provided by the data owner. If the data owner does not provide a tag ID, an internal Movebank tag identifier may sometimes be shown. Example: '2342'; Units: none; Entity described: tag 2019-10-03
MVB000065 tag beacon frequency The frequency of the radio tag or tag retrieval beacon. Example: '450.5'; Units: MHz; Entity described: tag 2019-10-03
MVB000179 tag comments Additional information about the tag that is not described by other reference data terms. Example: 'custom-made Doppler shift Argos tag with a special altitude sensor'; Units: none; Entity described: tag 2019-10-03
MVB000180 tag failure comments Comments about tag failure. Example: 'tag stopped transmitting 23/12/08, was not found'; Units: none; Entity described: tag 2019-10-03
MVB000182 tag local identifier A unique identifier for the tag, provided by the data owner. If the data owner does not provide a tag ID, an internal Movebank tag identifier may sometimes be shown. Example: '2342'; Units: none; Entity described: tag 2021-04-07
MVB000183 tag manufacturer name The company or person that produced the tag. Example: 'Holohil'; Units: none; Entity described: tag 2019-10-03
MVB000184 tag mass The mass of the tag. Example: '24'; Units: grams; Entity described: tag 2019-10-03
MVB000185 tag model The model of the tag. Example: 'T61'; Units: none; Entity described: tag 2019-10-03
MVB000186 tag processing type Used to distinguish between data formats produced by different types of Microwave tags (currently not used). Units: none; Entity described: tag 2019-10-03
MVB000187 tag production date The approximate date the tag was produced (can be a year, month, or day). Example: 'March 2011'; Units: not defined; Entity described: tag 2021-04-07
MVB000188 tag readout method The way the data are received from the tag. Values are chosen from a controlled list: satellite = Data are transferred via satellite; phone network = Data are transferred via a phone network, such as GSM or AMPS; other wireless = Data are transferred via another form of wireless data transfer, such as a VHF transmitter/receiver; tag retrieval = The tag must be physically retrieved in order to obtain the data. Format: controlled list; Entity described: deployment 2021-04-07
MVB000189 tag serial no The serial number of the tag. Example: 'MN93-33243'; Units: none; Entity described: tag 2019-10-03
MVB000190 tag tech spec Values for a tag-specific technical specification. Can be used to store measurements not described by existing Movebank attributes. Best practice is to define the values and units in the reference data or study details. Example: '8.31'; Units: not defined; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000191 tag voltage The voltage as reported by the tag. Example: '2895'; Units: mV; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000273 taxon IDs A comma-separated list of taxa currently assigned to animals in the study, as defined by the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS, www.itis.gov). Format: controlled list; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000194 temperature max The maximum temperature measured during the measurement interval. Example: '12.4'; Units: degrees Celsius; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000195 temperature min The minimum temperature measured during the measurement interval. Example: '7.4'; Units: degrees Celsius; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000239 there are data which I cannot see Used in the REST API. Whether the user credentials used in the request are for a Movebank user that does not have permission to view some or all tracks on Movebank. Does not indicate whether this user has permission to download data. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: study 2019-10-03
MVB000196 tilt angle The angle in which the tag is tilted in respect to the gravitational angle (0-180). Example: '78'; Units: degrees; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000197 tilt x Tilt provided by the accelerometer for the X axis. Example: '0'; Units: g forces (1 g = 9.8 m s^-2); Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000198 tilt y Tilt provided by the accelerometer for the Y axis. Example: '0'; Units: g forces (1 g = 9.8 m s^-2); Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000199 tilt z Tilt provided by the accelerometer for the Z axis. Example: '1'; Units: g forces (1 g = 9.8 m s^-2); Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000200 timestamp The date and time corresponding to a sensor measurement or an estimate derived from sensor measurements. Example: '2008-08-14 18:31:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC or GPS time; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000274 timestamp end Used in the REST API. The timestamp of the last valid location for the individual. Values are calculated approximately daily. Units: UTC or GPS time; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000240 timestamp of first deployed location The timestamp of the first deployed location in the study. Values displayed in the study details on Movebank are calculated within minutes when changes are made. Values obtained through the REST API are calculated approximately daily. Example: '2008-08-14 15:31:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC (sometimes date is provided based on local time); Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000241 timestamp of last deployed location The timestamp of the last deployed location in the study. Values displayed in the study details on Movebank are calculated within minutes when changes are made. Values obtained through the REST API are calculated approximately daily. Example: '2014-03-11 18:06:44.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC (sometimes date is provided based on local time); Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000275 timestamp start Used in the REST API. The timestamp of the first valid location for the individual. Values are calculated approximately daily. Units: UTC or GPS time; Entity described: study 2021-04-07
MVB000276 transmission protocol The protocol used to transmit or otherwise obtain the event data from the tag. Best practice is to use when data are retrieved from the tag using multiple methods. Example: 'Iridium'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000201 transmission timestamp The date and time that the data record was transmitted. Example: '2014-03-11 18:06:44.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC or GPS time; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000277 tsn Used in the REST API. The taxonomic serial number. A unique, persistent, non-intelligent identifier for a scientific name within the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) (itis.gov). Example: '165355'; Units: none; Entity described: taxon 2021-04-07
MVB000113 twilight Identifies light-level measurements determined to represent twilight events. Typically 1 = sunrise, 2 = sunset, 0 = not twilight. Example: '2'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000242 twilight excluded Whether a twilight identified by automated processing was excluded from subsequent analysis. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000243 twilight inserted Whether a twilight was inserted for a time when automated processing did not identify a twilight. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000202 underwater count The number of times the tag went underwater during the current measurement period (30 minutes). Example: '11'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000203 underwater time The amount of time the tag was underwater during the current measurement period (30 minutes). Example: '547'; Units: seconds; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000204 update ts Used in the REST API. The date and time that the event was last updated in the Movebank database. If the event has not been modified this will indicate when the event was created, i.e. imported to the study in Movebank. Records created before this attribute was added to the database will have the value '1970-01-01 00:00:00.000'. Example: '1970-01-01 00:00:00.000'; Format: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS; Units: UTC; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000208 vertical error numerical An estimate of the vertical error of the location. These values can be described using 'location error percentile' and 'location accuracy comments'. Example: '12'; Units: m; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000209 visible Determines whether an event is visible on the Movebank map. Values are calculated automatically, with TRUE indicating the event has not been flagged as an outlier by 'algorithm marked outlier', 'import marked outlier' or 'manually marked outlier', or that the user has overridden the results of these outlier attributes using 'manually marked valid' = TRUE. Allowed values are TRUE or FALSE. Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03
MVB000210 waterbird workshop: behaviorDEPRECATED Behavioral categories used for analysis as part of the Movebank waterbird workshop in Constance, Germany, September 2009. Values are chosen from a controlled list: nesting = An observation where an animal is observed, or determined to be, at its nest site; roosting = An observation where an animal is observed, or determined to be, roosting. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000211 waterbird workshop: deployment special eventDEPRECATED Special events in the deployments used for analysis as part of the Movebank waterbird workshop in Constance, Germany, September 2009. Values are chosen from a controlled list: biologically irrelevant = An observation that is found to be biologically irrelevant, for example because there was no animal wearing the tag; death = The location where an animal is found or determined to be dead; release site = The location where the animal is released; tag failure = The observation where the tag was found, or determined, to have failed. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000212 waterbird workshop: migration stateDEPRECATED Migration states used for analysis as part of the Movebank waterbird workshop in Constance, Germany, September 2009. Values are chosen from a controlled list: breeding grounds = in the breeding grounds; fall migration = on fall migration; migrationOther = on a seasonal migration; migration to molt = on migration to molting site; molt site = at a molting site; spring migration = on spring migration; stopover = in a stopover site during a migration; summer non-breeding adult = in a summer non-breeding grounds, animal is an adult; summer non-breeding immature = in a summer non-breeding grounds, animal is immature; winter grounds = in the wintering grounds. Format: controlled list; Entity described: event 2021-04-07
MVB000213 wet count The wet count during the measurement interval. Example: '11'; Units: none; Entity described: event 2019-10-03