OTN Data Sheets

Sheets for submitting your project metadata to the Ocean Tracking Network's Data Centre.

The Ocean Tracking Network has defined standards for documenting the detailed information describing affiliated acoustic telemetry projects. The accepted metadata sheet formats are available below, in Excel and printable field-sheet formats. Detection data can be provided in the raw output format the vendor supplies (i.e. for Vemco-branded receivers, a set of .vrl files from the offloaded receivers can be zipped and submitted to otndc@dal.ca or uploaded via the project repository folders on this portal.

Project Metadata

When registering your project with the Ocean Tracking Network, you must provide information on the core attributes of your project, from the scientific abstract to associated investigators to geospatial, temporal and taxonomic range.
Download .txt

Tag Metadata

Information about the deployment of acoustic tags in or on animals for the purposes of tracking their movements using either listening stations or via mark/recapture. Any biological metrics that were measured at tagging time, i.e. length, weight, population, are recorded for future analysis.
Download .xlsx - Download printable field sheet

Instrument Deployment Metadata (short form)

Information about the deployment of acoustic 'listening' instruments in order to detect tagged subjects. Geographic location as well as the duration of the deployment for each instrument is recorded. The locations of these listening stations are used to fix detections geographically.
Download .xls - Download printable field sheet

Other Metadata Sheets:

Vemco / OTN Authorization Form

Notify OTN of serial numbers and tag IDs when you purchase gear so OTN can contact you when detections occur, even if you haven't submitted tag metadata yet. Please complete the form and send to OTNDC@dal.ca. 

ROV / Glider Metadata

Information about the deployment of ocean-going robots, or gliders, that have had listening stations affixed/installed. Location information collected by the glider/shipboard GPS will be used to fix detections geographically.

Equipment Testing Checklist

Used to capture a record of all in-water and in-air tests of equipment received at OTN headquarters or directly by partner institutions.

Mission Report

Used to provide general information, objectives, and results of OTN field 'missions', i.e. line servicing, glider deployment, range testing.

Moored Transmitter Metadata

Used to capture metadata on moored transmitter deployments, wherein tags are deployed at stations instead of receivers.

Proposed Station Locations

Used to record lats, longs, and bottom depth of proposed station locations for new OTN arrays and for new stations on existing OTN arrays.

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Obsolete Field Sheets