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CyberTracker is a software tool that allows users to collect field data with handheld computers or PDAs. It can also be used to create digital field guides because it allows rich content to be displayed in conjunction with data capture fields.

The CyberTracker Species Identification Filter consists of a sequence of screens each with a checklist of characteristic features of a species. Once data has been filtered it can be Exported to Microsoft Excel, Comma Seperated Values, XML or HTML formats. Creating data elements for each screen automatically creates a structured database. Cybertracker provides some templates.

CyberTracker software can be used on smart phones and handheld computers with GPS to record observations. The design allows users to display icons, text or both, which makes data collection faster. It also allows field data collection by non-literate users and school children. CyberTracker Conservation is a non-profit organization whose vision is to promote the development of a worldwide environmental monitoring network.

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  • Réveillon, A. 2009. The GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit User Manual, version 1.0. Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 37 pp.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CyberTracker
  • Related Tools: DiGir, Tapir
Google Docs

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textual documents
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