NatureCounts host many datasets, representing several millions of occurence records,
with a primary focus on Canadian bird monitoring. Many of those datasets are from project lead by Bird
Studies Canada and/or its partners. While we thrive to make our data as openly available as possible,
we also need to recognize the need of our partners and funders.
As a node of the Avian Knowledge Network (AKN),
NatureCounts uses the following data access levels and sharing options that define how each dataset can be used.
Those levels are set individually for each dataset, in consultation with the various partners and data custodian
- Level 0--All data are stored in the primary
data warehouse. Backups of the warehouse are made using persistent data
archive techniques. Data managers use all data backup options
consistent with the goal of no data loss (backups with periodic data
integrity testing). The warehouse serves as the primary archive of all
data, and no applications connect directly to the warehouse.
Instead, data from the warehouse are ported to separate data views
created specifically to optimize the performance of an application that
connects to it. At level 0, the metadata information from the BMDR is
NOT displayed on this web site.
- Level 1--All of option 0, with the exception that metadata
information from the BMDR is presented on the web site. The actual data are not available, and they are
not used in data summaries or visualizations.
- Level 2--All of option 1 with the following
addition: data can be used in certain publicly available, predefined
visualizations (i.e. maps and graphs), but direct access to the data is
- Level 3--Data are used in publicly available,
predefined visualizations (i.e. maps and graphs). Additionally, the complete BMDE data
set is available upon request from the original data custodian through
- Level 4--Data can be used in publicly available,
predefined visualizations (i.e. maps and graphs), and the complete BMDE data
set is available upon request from the original data custodian. Additionally, data is
made available to existing bioinformatic efforts (GBIF
and ORNIS). These bioinformatic efforts only provide
the data “marked-up” to Darwin Core. This means that only locations where positive observations and the
number reported are available.
- Level 5--Data are used in publicly available,
predefined visualizations (i.e. maps and graphs), and are available to
existing bioinformatic efforts. Additionally, the complete BMDE data
set is available for download directly through this portal.
About the AKN
Bird Monitoring Data Registry
Bird Monitoring Data Exchange
NatureCounts Data Sharing Policy
Levels of Data Access