I recently presented the Shepherd Project open source software framework at the Wildlife Society annual conference. Would others on this list be interested in a webinar on the platform?
The Shepherd Project is an open source software framework to support mark-recapture, molecular ecology, and social ecology studies. The biological and statistical communities already support a number of excellent tools, such as Program MARK,GenAlEx, and SOCPROG for use in analyzing wildlife data. The Shepherd Project is a complementary software application that:
- -provides a scalable and collaborative platform for intelligent wildlife data storage and management, including advanced, consolidated searching
- provides an easy-to-use software suite of functionality that can be extended to meet the needs of wildlife projects, especially where individual identification is used
- provides an API to support the easy export of data to cross-disciplinary analysis applications (e.g., GenePop ) and other software (e.g., Google Earth)
- provides a platform that supports the exposure of data in biodiversity databases (e.g., GBIF and OBIS)
- provides a platform for animal biometrics that supports easy data access and facilitates matching application deployment for multiple species
The Shepherd Project started as a collaborative software platform for globally-coordinated whale shark (Rhincodon typus ) research as deployed in the ECOCEAN Whale Shark Photo-identification Library. After many requests to use our software outside of whale shark research, we are now working to make it an open source, community-maintained standard for mark-recapture studies.
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Please let me know if you are interested in a webinar.