How MATOS Works
MATOS allows telemetry researchers to create a project page with basic details about their telemetry project, such as project title and description, target species, and project duration. While establishing a project, MATOS users set permissions for who can access project information. For example, a research from university may include a contact from a state fisheries agency on their project, allowing them to download project data.
Once a project is reviewed and approved by the MATOS data manager, individuals can upload 3 types of data: transmitter (aka “tag”) deployment data, receiver deployment data, and tag detection data. Deployment data is uploaded in a Excel spreadsheet in an Ocean Tracking Network-compatible format. Downloadable templates can be found on the “Submit Data” page. Tag detection data is uploaded as .csv files.
MATOS users can use the “Tag Search” function to search tag detections from all receivers in the MATOS database for detections of their tags. Tag owners are given the following information if their tag was detected by a receiver in the MATOS database: date and time of detection, receiver coordinates, contact name and email of receiver deployer.
Note, this function is for tag owners and their project collaborators. The search will only yield results for MATOS users with tag deployments already in the MATOS database associated with their project. No data will be returned for any tags searched by a user who does not have permissions associated with the project in which those tags were deployed.