Your data contribution is what makes GAZP a growing resource for dryland restoration ecologists. In order to facilitate rapid processing and database updates, we require that contributors format their data in a standardized structure for submission. Each step below describes the key components for data contribution and provides a standardized workbook (or a few options for standardized workbooks).
Please download the relevant workbook, one per step. Many of the workbooks will have drop down menus, so please check for them as you complete the entry. They will be highlighted in blue.
Fill these out and them submit them all at once using the Data Submission step at the bottom of this page. If this work is published, either in a scientific journal or other type report, please include that work in the Data Submission step at the bottom of the page.
If you have reference data (intact vegetation monitoring data), please include that data in this same submission stream. The treatment name will be “Reference”, and every other step should remain the same.
If processing in this way is a significant barrier to your involvement, please contact the project leadership team at firstname.lastname@example.org and discuss alternatives.
Step 1: Site details
This workbook outlines the overarching site details. There are two available options for workbook formats.
Option 1: Less than 10 sites
If there are less than 10 sites, please download Option 1 and put details for each site on individual worksheets within the full workbook. The template provided has up to 10 sites already included; if there are more than 10 sites, please see Option 2.
Option 2: More than 10 sites
If there are more than 10 sites, please download Option 2 and include all site details in the appropriate columns.
Step 2: Treatment details
This workbook outlines restoration treatments implemented. There are two available options for workbook formats.
Option 1: Less than 10 treatments
If there are less than 10 treatments, please download Option 1 and put details for each treatment on individual worksheets within the full workbook. The template provided has up to 10 treatments already included; if there are more than 10 sites, please see Option 2.
Option 2: More than 10 treatments
If there are more than 10 treatments, please download Option 2 and include all treatment details in the appropriate columns.
Step 3: Plant species addition details
This workbook outlines plant species addition details. It is the only workbook that is optional, if no plant species were added as a restoration treatment. This is also the only workbook that has flexible formatting. If there is an existing table (published or otherwise) that lists all added species and the rates of addition for each treatment, that may be uploaded in place of the workbook(s) below.
If there is a document that includes an existing species addition table, upload that document into the “Plant species addition details” submission section below.
If there is not an existing table, complete the relevant workbook below. There is only one format option for each of the two addition strategies (seeding and planting live plugs).
Step 4: Monitoring details
This workbook details key monitoring components. There is only one option.
There are three worksheets within the workbook, and all must be complete for the submission to be considered complete.
The first worksheet captures monitoring methods.
The second worksheet captures monitoring times, split by treatment if the monitoring occurred at different time points by treatment or site. There are columns for day, month, and year. If day and/or month is unknown, please leave it blank.
The third worksheet captures details of which species were monitored and included in the monitoring results.
Step 5: Monitoring results
This workbook includes the vegetation outcomes captured in the monitoring. There are two potential options, “long” and “wide” format (Option 1 and Option 2, respectively).
Please note that this is designed for species-level measurements (total cover; total density). If you have individual-based measurements, please contact the organizers to finalize this stage of the submission process.
In the downloadable workbooks below, there are two columns for spatial replicates (to capture, for example: block and plot within block). If there are more spatial levels (for example: block, transect within block, and plot within transect within block), please add columns as needed.
Option 1: Long format
Long format is when species are all included within one column. Final data looks similar to:
|Treatment name||Block||Plot||Timepoint||Species code||Value|
Option 2: Wide format
Wide format is when species are included as columns. Final data looks similar to: