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Getting Started

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Welcome to Cam-WON! This web-system can help manage wildlife camera projects by providing an interface to map locations of wildlife cameras, document camera deployment times, manage digital cameras, upload and attribute wildlife photos, and share observational data.

The structure of projects is hierarchical with projects being the primary way content is organized. The adjacent diagram outlines these relationships.

To get started with a project, follow the steps listed below:

  1. The first thing you'll need to do is to create an account (http://wildlifeobserver.net/user/register).
  2. After creating an account, you can create a project which contains the monitoring locations and camera positions for a camera-based, wildlife-monitoring project. The project can range from only one wildlife camera and active camera position to having many locations with multiple camera's at each location.
  3. After setting up the project, you can add monitoring locations where your wildlife camera(s) will be set up (e.g., representative habitat, highway-crossing structure).
  4. At each monitoring location, you can create one or more camera positions, using the map tool or exact GPS coordinates. For each position, fill in the information about camera type, orientation, etc.
  5. Then, create a deployment time record to track when the camera is situated at a position for a period of time. This record will help track total camera effort.
  6. Finally, after the camera(s) has been deployed, you can upload photos individually, or in bulk, associating them with a position and a deployment time.