FAQs

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Can I join EUROBOAR network?

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EUROBOAR is an open project and anyone is welcome to join. If you study wild boar and have wild boar movement data or other kind of data to share with us, or are simply interested in the project, please get in contact.

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Can I use EUROBOAR data?

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According to EUROBOAR terms of use, data can be accessed only by those who contribute with data of some kind. The use of data is always bounded to preliminary agreement with data owners.

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What data are stored in the EUROBOAR database?

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The main focus of the database is tracking data (i.e. GPS, VHF, activity) of wild boar, but a wide range of other information on population, demographic parameters, study areas, capture, hunting regimes etc is available and standardized among different research groups. Moreover, the database integrates many environmental dataset like smoothed MODIS NDVI, CORINE land cover maps, meteo data, DEM, among the others. Data from other biotelemetry devices might come in the future.

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Who does financially support EUROBOAR?

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EUROBOAR financial resources come from the voluntary contributions of each partner. On top of this, in the last years Vectronic Aerospace GmbH has generously sponsored many of the EUROBOAR activities. EUROBOAR is currently applying for granting opportunities and collaborations in this sense are very welcome.

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If my Institute wants to join, do we have to pay?

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No, you don't have to. Participation is free and the goal is to create a network to produce collaborative science. That said, in addition to a scientific coordinator), a team made of a database developer and 2 data curators works part time on the project to update the platform, run data quality check and support groups for specific analysis. They are paid with the money coming from the sponsor and the voluntary contributions from partners, so everyone is encouraged to contribute according to his financial possibilities.

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Are EUROBOAR data quality checked?

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Yes, they are. In addition to the quality checks run by each data owner, we perform additional controls to be sure that data are correct and robust. This is very important for us because erroneous data can generate misleading data interpretation and bad science.

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Are EUROBOAR, EURODEER and EUREDDEER three different projects?

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There is one project (EURODEER) for roe and red deer, but there are two (connected) databases and websites that are species-specific (EURODEER and EUREDDEER). EUROBOAR is a separate (but federated and connected) project dedicated to wild boar. The umbrella project that coordinates all the projects/database is EUROUNGULATES.

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Does EUROBOAR provide a service for data acquisition directly from sensors?

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No, it doesn't. At the moment, this is out of the scope of the projects. Data are primarily managed by each research group that send them to EUROBOAR once acquired and screened.

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