BIRP 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) Prof. Les Underhill
Position ADU Director
Postal Address Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Science, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch
Postal code 7701
City/Town Cape Town
Province Western Cape
Country South Africa
Telephone +27 (0)21 650 3227
Cell
Fax +27 (0)21 650 3301
Email les.underhill@uct.ac.za
Website address (url) http://birp.adu.org.za/
2) DATASET METADATA
Title of dataset Birds In Reserves Project (BIRP)
Brief description (max. 200 words) The Birds in Reserves Project, or for short BIRP, started in 1992 and is run as a National ?Citizen Science? project by the Animal Demography Unit (ADU), based at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The primary aim of the project is the collection of bird occurrence data, specifically inside South African protected areas (PAs). The process is fairly simple; volunteers go out to any PA and simply make a list of all the bird species observed. Data can be collected up to a maximum period of seven days. This project is well suited for people that simply want to contribute their sightings (within protected areas) to a worthwhile cause. Equally, the BIRP project can serve as an avifaunal baseline monitoring tool for all protected areas, whether big or small. The data is submitted to the ADU, processed and made available on this BIRP website.
Purpose (max. 200 words) Information gained from the Birds in Reserves Project aims to give a better understanding of bird distribution and abundance within the South African protected area network and as such has conservation application. The data collected serves a variety of users; private, recreational, institutional and academic. The project is supported and endorsed by both the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) as well as BirdLife South Africa (BLSA).
Begin date (When data collection started) 01/01/1992
End date (For dormant datasets: When was data collection ended Open-ended Project
3) DATA QUALITY
Give a brief account of any biases, gaps or errors which may exist in the dataset. Data are collected by volunteers and as a result bias may be present; however data collection protocols are in place and the aim is to achieve a high standard of data quality over time. Incoming data are screened and vetted electronically before entering the main database. Most of the data in the database are correct but some errors are inevitable. Data gaps are imminent due to the nature of the project.
4) ACCESS/USE CONSTRAINTS
How to get a copy of the dataset Contact the Project Coordinator
5) OTHER INFORMATION
Other information about the dataset which may be important. Due acknowledgement must be given to the Animal Demography Unit, including the Birds In Reserves Project in the use of any data. Scientific collaboration is welcome.
6) METADATA AUTHOR
Author name (name of the person who entered the metadata record) Marius Wheeler
Author organization Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Science, University of Cape Town
Author position Project Coordinator
Author address Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Science, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch
Author postal code 7701
Author city/town Cape Town
Author province Western Cape
Author country South Africa
Author telephone +27 21 650 4698
Author fax +27 21 650 3434
Author email marius.wheeler@uct.ac.za
Metadata creation date 26/08/2009
Last update of metadata 26/08/2009