Data submission and managing contributor’s data

To upload data to the CORMedNet database contributors should register into the platform. The number of obligatory fields has been kept to the minimum possible to facilitate the data entry. However, before registering the data the system will prompt a message box recalling the fields which the contributors could be missing to ensure providing the most complete data for the local populations.

In the current version the system is set to enter single observations one by one through the Add data tab from the menu bar.

Multiple uploads are possible from spreadsheets. In order to fill in the CORMedNet database contributors’ should contact to the administrator cormednet (at) gmail (dot) com to prepare the proper format for the import files.

For non-published data the contributors are that warrant that s/he is the creator and owner of the content or otherwise has sufficient rights to be able to make the content available under the database license.

Through the Data explorer from the menu bar contributors can visualize, export and edit their data points by clicking on “View my contributions” and clicking directly to the data points. In the “dialogue/bubble” the contributors can select to edit the information regarding the distribution or demographic data associated to the specific local population.

Data visualization and download

Different filters can be applied to explore the data from the Data Explorer option/tab from the menu bar: Species, Geographic areas (by zooming in and out), Ecoregions, Study type, Depth range, Years, Protection level, Taxa, Species, Sampling technique, and Sampling strategy. To visualize all data and deactivate the filter the user should clicking the Visualize all data button. If a contributor is exploring data, she/he will be able to visualize private data, however these data will not be visible for other users and contributors.

To download the data you must register as a user of CORMedNet.

Different download options are available for the selected data or the entire dataset. The user can download:

  1. the list of references of the corresponding selected data
  2. the information on local populations geographic position, population context, type of study and references to the corresponding data
  3. Demographic data plus the information provided in Option 2 of the corresponding selected data

All download options will result in an Excel file. The Excel files will provide data as well as the description information on the downloaded datasets.