Information is a long-term investment
I&M networks are stewards of the irreplaceable data that result from our inventory and monitoring work. While the information we collect is useful today, it will become even more valuable in the years and decades to come.
Data management is a cornerstone of the Inventory & Monitoring networks. From planning, to field work, and through to analysis, we place our priorities on:
The quality of the ecological data we collect is paramount. Analyses to detect trends or patterns require data with minimal error and bias. To ensure data of the highest possible quality, we use procedures to minimize, identify, and correct errors at every stage of the data life cycle.
Data must be protected against loss. I&M networks have storage, backup, and disaster recovery plans in place, and established processes for long-term data archiving.
Data sets need to be cared for. Networks must ensure that data sets are migrated to current software and formats, and accompany all data with thorough documentation.
Data must be easy to find and available in many formats. Park managers and visitors, researchers, students, and the general public are all users of our data. We provide information in a range of formats, including reports and journal publications, maps, websites, and databases.