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, with each site as a single row in the data sheet.

Step 2: Treatment details

This workbook outlines restoration treatments implemented, with each treatment as a single row in the data sheet.

Step 3: Species details

This workbook outlines details of all species added or found in the project. There are three worksheets within the workbook. Only the third is required for submission. If species were added in any form, the first and/or second sheets are also required.

The first details seeded species, including all information about seedmix design. The second sheet details similar information but for any species that were planted. The third sheet details all other species found in the monitoring activities.

Step 4: Monitoring details

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This workbook details key monitoring components and has two worksheets. Both worksheets are required for submission.

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.

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

If you are concerned about your submission once it has been sent, or have any questions at any time, please email drylandrestore@gmail.com and we will respond as quickly as possible.

This is also a TRIAL process and we are looking for feedback on how we can make this easier on everyone! Please see below the submission section to provide suggestions and comments.

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