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Date started: July 2010
Web page: http://mammalmap.adu.org.za/

MammalMAP The Animal Demography Unit at UCT and the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria are collaborating to develop the MammalMAP, the Mammal Atlas of Africa. The Cape Leopard Trust was a key catalyst in initiating this project. The objective of MammalMAP is to generate 21st century distribution maps for all of Africa’s mammals.

MammalMAP consists of digital photographic records of mammals along with accurate geographical coordinates of where the pictures were taken. MammalMAP is limited to wild (or feral) mammals. So domestic animals are excluded, and so is Homo sapiens. But the golden rule that applies is: If in doubt, submit.

 

VIMMA Metadata

1) DATASET CONTACT
Name of Organization/Department Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Science, University of Cape Town
Contact person (Person to contact about the dataset) Dr Tali Hoffman
Position Project Manager
Postal Address Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Science, University of Cape Town
Postal code 7701
City/Town Cape Town
Province Western Cape
Country South Africa
Telephone
Cell
Fax +27 (0)21 650 3301
Email tali.s.hoffman@gmail.com
Website address (url) http://mammalmap.adu.org.za/
2) DATASET METADATA
Title of dataset MammalMAP - Virtual Museum of African Mammals
Brief description (max. 200 words) The aim of MammalMAP is to update the distribution records of all African mammal species. Through collaborations with professional scientists, conservation organisations, wildlife authorities and citizen scientists across Africa, we consolidate all reliable and identifiable evidence (camera trap records, photographs) of current mammal locations into an open-access digital database.?
Purpose (max. 200 words) The information consolidated within MammalMAP will not only yield crucial information for species conservation policies and landscape conservation policies, but provides an excellent platform for educating the public about African mammals and their conservation challenges.
Begin date (When data collection started) July 2010
End date (For dormant datasets: When was data collection ended on-going
3) DATA QUALITY
Give a brief account of any biases, gaps or errors which may exist in the dataset. All VM records include coordinates. Species identificatios in the VM collections are done by a panel of mammals experts. Photos submitted to the virtual museum are biased to species that are easy to photograph and to areas which are most accessible to the public.
4) ACCESS/USE CONSTRAINTS
How to get a copy of the dataset Email Project Coordinator
5) OTHER INFORMATION
Other information about the dataset which may be important. MammalMAP is a joint project of the Animal Demography Unit at UCT and the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria. The Cape Leopard Trust was a key catalyst in initiating this project.
The taxonomy is based on Mammal Species of the World, 3rd edition (MSW3) is a database of mammalian taxonomy, based upon the 2005 book Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed). Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (editors) (http://www.vertebrates.si.edu/msw/mswcfapp/msw/index.cfm).
6) METADATA AUTHOR
Author name (name of the person who entered the metadata record) Dr Rene Navarro
Author organization Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Science, University of Cape Town
Author position IT Systems Specialist
Author address Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Science, University of Cape Town
Author postal code 7701
Author city/town Cape Town
Author province Western Cape
Author country South Africa
Author telephone +27 (0)21 650 4751
Author fax +27 (0)21 650 3301
Author email rene.navarro@uct.ac.za
Metadata creation date 20-Jun-13
Last update of metadata 20-Jun-13

 

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