The North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) is a multi-national, multi-agency coordinated bat monitoring program across North America. The overall NABat effort provides the biological, administrative, and statistical architecture for coordinated bat population monitoring to support regional and range-wide inferences about changes in the distributions and abundances of bat populations facing current and emerging threats. Data management and centralized data storage capabilities are integral to the success of the NABat Program. As such, the NABat Coordinating Office has developed a web-based application that provides IT infrastructure for the international monitoring program, including cloud-hosted data management solutions for NABat partners, real-time data exploration, and data summary and mapping tools. The NABat Coordinating Office hosts a central database where partners may upload, store, archive, and make available data files using the DOI approved Cloud Hosting Solution (Amazon Web Services). Below, we maintain a record of the major database version changes. Data releases will be conducted with corresponding product releases that result from data analyses and interpretation and in compliance with USGS Fundamental Science Practices and the NABat Data Use and Sharing Agreement.
Data use and sharing is determined at the NABat project level by the project leader. Data contributors retain ownership of their data, including control over who may access those data. Third-party users may request access to NABat data through the Partner Portal (https://sciencebase.usgs.gov/nabat/#/home). To do so, requestors must create an account, login to the Partner Portal, and navigate to the 'NABat Data Requests' via the 'Explore' tab. Registered users may then review previously submitted requests or submit a new request. The NABat Coordinating Office facilitates request for approval from the relevant data owners. A public record of each request is maintained on the Partner Portal for reference.
These data are preliminary or provisional and are subject to revision. They are being provided to meet the need for timely best science. The data have not received final approval by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and are provided on the condition that neither the USGS nor the U.S. Government shall be held liable for any damages resulting from the authorized or unauthorized use of the data.
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