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Observational Biology

eMammal is a conservation science program that provides researchers with supporting software for managing camera-trapping projects. The software is designed to accommodate projects of different sizes and to facilitate collaboration with citizen scientists. The eMammal program uses a specially designed data pipeline to move wildlife images and metadata from the field, through an expert review process and into SIdora, a Smithsonian data repository for long term storage. The data is open and accessible under a Creative Commons license for other researchers and the public to download and use from the Smithsonian eMammal website.  This produces a mammal diversity database that is unrivaled in the world and capable of supporting research at different scales from local to regional to global. The images and metadata are born digital records of vertebrates documented in space and time, in the context of habitat, and often exhibiting characteristic behaviors and inter-species interactions. This data repository currently contains over 4.5 million images that can be used for current and future conservation science, as an education resource for teachers, youth and citizen volunteers, and to communicate Smithsonian science to the media and general public.  eMammal is a collaborative camera-trapping research program born from a collaboration across units at the Smithsonian, including SCBI, NMNH, STRI and OCIO. The program aspires to build the most comprehensive image and data repository of its kind documenting mammal diversity and mammal communities globally for conservation science. The program accomplishes this by aggregating camera-trapped data contributed from research projects from Smithsonian bureaus, university collaborators, conservation organizations, and state agencies