Biodiv Sci ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (6): 712-716.  DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2014.14042

Special Issue: 野生动物的红外相机监测

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An introduction to CameraData: an online database of wildlife camera trap data

Zhishu Xiao1,*(), Xuezhi Wang2, Xinhai Li1   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents in Agriculture, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
    2. Computer Network Information Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190
  • Received:2014-02-25 Accepted:2014-08-28 Online:2014-11-20 Published:2014-12-11
  • Contact: Xiao Zhishu


Camera trapping has been used worldwide for wildlife monitoring, and a large number of pictures and video clips have been obtained. A new challenge for camera trapping practitioners is how to effectively store and manage the increasing number of pictures and video clips, and how to quickly generate and present metadata to other researchers, wildlife management organizations and to the public. As an open, interactive-web platform developed by Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CameraData ( is an online database for storing, analyzing and sharing wildlife photographic data from camera traps. CameraData aims to facilitate quick analysis and multiple uses of camera trap data, and also to provide professional services for wildlife conservation and management. The establishment of CameraData will benefit data sharing, collaboration and information services for wildlife monitoring in China and other parts of the world. This paper briefly introduces the key tools, main functions and tips for CameraData.

Key words: camera trapping, wildlife diversity monitoring, CameraData