Electronic Transponder Analysis Gateway (ETAG): an animal behavior observatory
RFID (Radio-frequency Identification) is being used by biologists at an ever increasing rate; however, there has been no concerted effort to coordinate the efforts of the RFID user community with regard to data management and data sharing. The primary goal of our project is to create the Electronic Transponder Analysis Gateway (ETAG), which is a comprehensive data management system for RFID-based research projects, and promote its use within the animal-tracking community. Features intended for the ETAG system include:
- automated data acquisition and assimilation from RFID devices
- a secure archive
- a customizable output interface that will not only provide access to raw data but will enable users to showcase their research and incorporate real time data into project webpages and other educational resources.
ETAG will also provide a platform for sharing analyses, forging new collaborations, and contributing tips for effective field implementations of RFID equipment. By creating and promoting this system we hope to meet three overarching objectives:
- provide tools that facilitate data management for scientists using RFID
- Increase the accessibility and utility of RFID technology to the scientific community
- extend this science and technology to reach a broader community of museums, environmental centers, zoological parks, schools and interested citizens so they can become actively involved in basic biological inquiry and conservation science.