Create a study and add data

Movebank users create studies in which they store and manage data. They control access to studies and data through each study's Permissions settings. To get started, register for a free account on Movebank and create a study.

What data can be stored

Within a study you can store

  • Location data: Movebank supports animal locations collected by GPS, Argos Doppler, radio transmitters, light-level geolocators, natural markings and bird rings.

  • Other sensor data: Movebank supports data from other animal-borne sensors including accelerometers, barometers, magnetometers, sensor-derived orientation measurements, thermometers, and other accessory measurements such as battery voltage.

  • Reference data: Movebank supports information about tags, animals and deployments that are needed to understand and manage location and other sensor data.

  • Additional files: Movebank supports storage of additional files that are not imported to the database but which relate to the study, such as images, analysis scripts or more detailed capture tables.

How to add data

There are a variety of ways to add data to Movebank:

  • Live data feeds: Set up automated feeds to import data from currently-deployed tags from a growing number of manufacturers and other data providers.

  • Import files in supported standard formats: Import files in known formats used by specific manufacturers and data providers.

  • Import custom tabular text files: Import files in tabular text format by mapping each column to a Movebank data attribute.

  • Add reference data: Add details about tags, animals and deployments by importing a tabular text file or with the Deployment Manager.

  • Update existing data records: Update existing data records with new values or additional attributes.

  • Upload file attachments: Upload additional files to store and share in the study.


For more guidance, see our recommended steps to prepare and add data to Movebank, or contact for assistance.

Create a study and add data

Create a study

Create and manage live data feeds

  GSM, Iridium and ICARUS feeds

  Argos feeds

  Live feed notifications

Import supported data formats

Import custom tabular data

Add reference data

Update existing data

Upload file attachments

Help with data uploads