Contributing to the PREDICTS project

The PREDICTS project is collating data from published papers, but ecologists and conservationists often hold more substantial and detailed data than there is room to publish in standard papers. If you have data that you think might be suitable, we would love to hear from you!

Photo of a ladybird by Lawrence Hudson

With the new phase of PREDICTS we are trying to collate biodiversity data from temporal comparisons, where terrestrial sites have been surveyed over time. We are particularly interested in obtaining before-after-control impact studies, but are also looking for before-after comparisons (which do not have control sites) and control-impact studies that sample for several years at known times after a land-use change.

In particular the data we are looking for are as follows:

  • Locations of sampling points, as precisely as possible (with the coordinate system used, if possible)
  • An indication of the type of land cover that each sampling point represents (e.g. primary forest, secondary forest, intensively-farmed crop, hedgerow)
  • An indication of how intensively the site is used by people
  • Data on the presence / absence, or ideally a measure of abundance, of each species at each site
  • The date(s) that each measurement was taken

If you are interested in contributing to the PREDICTS project, please complete our form to send details of your data. We will do our best to respond promptly. Thanks to the generous contributions of many people we have a large backlog of datasets that we have not yet had time to process, so we will not be able to incorporate new datasets quickly.

Photo of a bumblebee by Lawrence Hudson

Authorship and dissemination of data

We are only able to use data that you are willing for us to make publicly available at least 18 months after receiving it. Contributors of data uploaded to the database by early-2016 were offered authorship on an open-access paper accompanying the first public release of the database. We envisage publishing updates to the database, again open-access, that will provide opportunities for later contributors to the database to be recognised with authorship. We recognise that there may be extremely good conservation reasons for not fully releasing species identities or plot localities in some instances. In such cases, we are of course willing to coarsen the information made available to the public.

Take-down policy

Photo of a hummingbird by Lawrence Hudson

The PREDICTS project operates a 'take-down' policy, such that if we are notified of a potential breach of copyright, or a possible violation of any law (including but not limited to laws on copyright, patent, intellectual property, trademark, confidentiality, data protection), the complete dataset or relevant portion will be removed from the database as quickly as possible pending further investigation.

Where the grounds for complaint are found to be valid, the complete dataset or relevant portion will be permanently deleted.

If you have discovered any material in the PREDICTS database which you consider to breach copyright or any other law, please contact enquiries@predicts.org.uk with the following information:

Your contact details

  • The details of the dataset or relevant portion of the dataset
  • The nature of your complaint or concern
  • An assertion that your complaint is made in good faith and is accurate
  • If you are complaining about breach of your own copyright or other intellectual property right, please also confirm that you are the rights owner or are authorised to act for the rights owner.