Data contribution

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 drylandrestore@gmail.com 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

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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 nameBlockPlotTimepointSpecies codeValue
H1A1May-1-2015ABFR30
H1A1May-1-2015JUPI1
H1A1May-1-2015 POLI5
H1 A1May-1-2015 BRET10
H1 A1May-1-2015 TRRE10
H1 A2May-1-2015 JUPI40
H1 A2May-1-2015 BRET0.1
H1 A2May-1-2015 POLI15
H1 A2May-1-2015 GERT1

Option 2: Wide format

Wide format is when species are included as columns. Final data looks similar to:

Treatment nameBlockPlotTimepointPOLIBRETGERTJUPIABFR
H1A1May-1-2015 5100151
H1A2May-1-2015 150.11400
H1A3May-1-2015 6050.1300
H1B1May-1-2015 10200150.1
H1B2May-1-2015 250.1050
H2A1May-1-2015 010205
H2A2May-1-2015 0300.13510
H2B1May-1-2015 0.15055
H2B2May-1-2015 0251151

Data submission

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