The FACT Network follows data standards laid out by the OTN for the purposes of documenting acoustic telemetry data. The accepted metadata sheet formats are below. Some forms including the tagging and deployment forms can be auto populated using the VEMBU and possibly Fathom from Innovasea. For more information on both, please email Data@theFACTNetwork.org.
Project metadata forms should be emailed to Data@theFACTNetwork.org. All other forms should be uploaded in the appropriate Research Workspace project in the ‘to be filed’ folder. The tagging metadata and deployment information forms have a data dictionary defining the meaning and format of the column on the first worksheet of the workbook.
Note – when uploading files, please replace ‘FACT’ with the shortcode of the project and add the date of submission to the file name.
Tag Project Metadata
Text document that describes your project including a unique shortcode, title, general location, and time frame. Only people listed on this form are allowed to access the project folder in RW (Research Workspace). This is only done once for each project. Overtime, an organization may have many tag projects.Download FACT Tag Project Metadata Template
Array Project Metadata
Text document that describes your project including a unique shortcode, title, general location, and time frame. Only people listed on this form are allowed to access the project folder in RW. This is only done once for each project. Typically, an organization only has one array project.Download FACT Array Project Metadata Template
Information about the deployment of tags (acoustic, PIT, satellite, etc.) in or on animals for the purposes of tracking movements. Biological metrics recorded at the time of tagging are recorded for future analysis. Mandatory fields are in green. Note – the animal ID and serial number are used to create a unique ID for every individual (tag IDs can be duplicated through resale or redeployment after harvest and thus are not unique). Please be sure to fill out these two columns. Completed every time acoustic tags are deployed.Download FACT Tagging Metadata Template
Stationary instrument deployment metadata
Information about the deployment of any instruments used to detect tagged subjects or collect related data. This includes receivers, stationary test tags, range test instruments, etc. Geographic location of the instruments as well as duration of deployment is used to fix detections geographically. Note – range test tags do not need a retrieval date if they are still in the water. If you deploy a receiver with an internal tag (e.g. Vr2Tx and Vr2AR) please enter the tag ID on the same line as the receiver so those detections may be identified as sentinel detections in the detection extracts. Completed every time instruments are downloaded or stationary range test tags are deployed.Download FACT Deployment Shortform Template
Mobile instrument deployment metadata
Information about the deployment of a mobile platform (e.g. wave glider) with an attached receiver. Geographic locations from a telemetry file as well as duration of deployment is used to fix detections geographically. Note – a telemetry file must accompany a mobile instrument deployment form. Completed every time instruments on mobile devices are downloaded.Download FACT Mobile Deployment Shortform Template
The most common form of detections are vrls from receivers. Please upload unedited vrls. Detections are time corrected in the Node. Upload every time mobile or stationary instruments are downloaded.
Detections downloaded using certain Innovasea software may produce vdat files. Treat vdat files like vrls. Upload every time mobile or stationary instruments are downloaded.
Fathom live buoys produce .csv files for detections, diagnostics, and environment. Please upload all three files. Note – opening the .csv file in excel may drop seconds from the datetime. Please download the files from Fathom Live and load them without opening. Upload every time live buoys are downloaded.
To be updated soon. External sensor (e.g. temperature loggers) may be loaded into the ‘to be filed’ folder in Research Workspace. Upload every time external sensors are downloaded.