The workshop will be facilitated by Drs. David and Yvette Ehlers Smith, and the aim will be to discuss and document norms, standards and guidelines for conducting camera-trap surveys.  The intention is to cover:

  • Guidelines/considerations for survey design and implementation.
    • Participants to come with examples of different surveys for different purposes.
  • Metadata recording guidelines.
    • Participants to come with examples of meta-data recorded as part of individual projects – useful for students planning camera trapping projects.
  • Data archiving options and solutions, including dealing with sensitive species data.
    • Participants to come with examples of project specific simple spreadsheets, access data-bases and large web-based integrated databases such as “Snapshot Serengeti” and Panthera’s citizen science participatory databases.
  • Equipment security.
    • Participants to come with examples of what they are currently using – examples of suppliers, price range, ease of use etc. – useful for students planning camera trapping projects.

Outputs:

Panelists and participants in the session will be invited to contribute during a process following the workshop to develop:

  • Technical guideline document in relation to different objectives
  • Publication on camera trap metadata and data archiving minimum standards