Term Definition
Administrator Someone who has the authority to publish tag settings.
Argos PTT Number Uniquely identifies a transmitter for the Argos system. The ID consists of a decimal number and a hexadecimal (base 16) number.
Collaborator Someone with whom data can be shared. Sharing rules are uniquely set by owners for each collaborator.
Data Owner The Portal account that a deployment belongs to. Each deployment has only one owner. Owners can choose to share data with Collaborators.
Data Portal The cloud-based data management service offered by Wildlife Computers.
Decoded Data Data that has been decoded through Wildlife Computers Data Analysis Program (DAP).
Deployment The period when a tag is associated with an animal.
Live KMZ Customized and automatically updated KMZ files for displaying locations and tracks in Google Earth.
Mote Unattended ground based receiving station which continually logs telemetry data from satellite tags within range.
Offline Mode How Tag Portal is used to change tag settings without an internet connection.
Pinger A UHF radio tracking beacon used for tag recovery.
Processed Data Data that has undergone either Fastloc or GPE3 location processing. Processed data is deterministic. Each time you run the processor you could end up with a different result if there are changes to the model inputs, including the arrival of more data.
Processing Run The result of a Fastloc or GPE3 location processing job. Metadata inputs including animal speed, and known locations are uniquely set for each run.
Raw Data Data in original Argos file formats. Raw Data has not been decoded through Wildlife Computers Data Analysis program (DAP).
Report File Downloadable file of tag settings.
.TAF File Tag Agent Format file used to program tag settings offline. Tag setting information saved in .TAF format is passed between Tag Agent Software and Wildlife Computers Tag Portal.
Tag Agent Software The program used to connect a tag to the Tag Portal.
Tag Log History of a tag's communication with Tag Agent Software.
Tagware The software running on a tag.
Tag Portal The cloud-based service offered by Wildlife Computers for tag setup.
USB Blue The Wildlife Computers communication cable used to communicate with tags.
File Name Description
-All.csv This spreadsheet contains the raw information for all the Argos messages received for the tag.
-Argos.csv Each row in this spreadsheet represents an Argos satellite pass.
-Behavior.csv Each row of this spreadsheet represents one type of behavior reported by the instrument.
-Corrupt.csv Each row is a message whose contents was rejected by the Data Portal. Most messages transmitted by Wildlife Computers’ tags incorporate features allowing detection of data corruption.
-DailyData.csv This spreadsheet is generated if the decoded data contain information regarding the broad daily readings of the tag.
-DivePDT.csv This spreadsheet is generated if the decoded data contain Deepest Dive Temperature Depth profiles. These temperature profiles are created from data collected during the deepest dive within the histogram summary period.
-DDN.csv Each line in this spreadsheet classifies one hour of behavior as dry, deep, or neither dry nor deep. The definitions of dry and deep were specified when the tag was configured.
-FastGPS.csv This spreadsheet is generated if the decoded data contain Fast-GPS snapshot information; each row in the spreadsheet is an individual snapshot. This spreadsheet can be used for solving GPS locations.
-HaulOut.csv Some tags allow the transmission of haulout information through Argos. Each line in this spreadsheet describes one haulout. The location on each line is the best position available for the midpoint of the haulout.
-Histos.csv This spreadsheet accumulates histogram data such as Time At Depth (TAD), Time At Temperature (TAT), Percent Timelines, and Twenty Minute Timelines. The spreadsheet is sorted by DeployID, Ptt, and histogram type.
-Labels.csv This file will contain any labels that the deployment was marked with in the Data Portal.
-LightLoc.csv This spreadsheet consolidates the data used by the Wildlife Computers Geolocation Position Estimator (WC-GPE) suite to produce location estimates based on ambient light levels.
-Locations.csv This spreadsheet consolidates all the locations available through Argos, GPS receivers, Geolocation, and any other source.
-MinMaxDepth.csv This is produced by the Data Portal as a result of examining all other sources of data received from the tag, and contains minimum and maximum depths experienced by the tag. To avoid having this file grow to a huge size, the Data Portal generally ensures readings are approximately 6 hours apart.
-MixLayer.csv Each –MixLayer.csv file contains information about the mixed layer (MLT) including the percent time spent in and out of the layer.
-PDTs.csv A PDT is a Profile of Depth and Temperature. If suitably configured, several Wildlife Computers tags measure external temperature as a function of depth. At the end of each summarization period, the tag examines the collected temperature and depth readings and constructs a message containing a subset of the sampled values. This spreadsheet contains those readings.
-RTC.csv Many tags incorporate an on-board clock to keep track of the current date and time. All clocks have some amount of drift depending on many factors such as initial calibration, reference frequency technology, ambient temperature, etc. The Data Portal maintains an internal database of tag time vs. real-world time and makes timestamp corrections when necessary. This spreadsheet details the Data Portal's internal correction database.
-Series.csv Mk10 and miniPAT can be configured to send subsampled archive data through Argos. While potentially consuming significant bandwidth, detailed readings are sometimes critical for certain experiments. If the tag sends such time series data, the resulting decoded values appear in this spreadsheet.
-SeriesRange.csv This file is a companion to the –Series.csv spreadsheet, and consolidates the minimum and maximum values observed for depth and temperature. The tag is most likely sampling its sensors at a higher rate than what is transmitted in the time series messages; the values found in this file may have been observed during one of those higher rate samples. It is therefore possible that any minimum or maximum value found in this file might not be present in the –Series.csv file.
-SST.csv This is produced by the Data Portal as a result of examining all other sources of data received from the tag, and contains a set of readings qualifying as possible Sea Surface Temperatures. The Data Portal considers a reading within 5 meters of the surface to be a valid Sea Surface Temperature. To avoid having this file grow to a huge size, the Data Portal Processor generally ensures readings are approximately 90 minutes apart.
-Status.csv Every Wildlife Computers tag sends infrequent status messages in addition to transmitting its experimental information. Status messages contain information which indicates the health and overall state of the tag. This file consolidates the information contained in those status messages.
-STP.csv This spreadsheet contains stomach temperature data.
-Summary.csv Each line in this spreadsheet contains information about one tag, and gives high level information about the tag’s deployment.
.kmz This file contains a "Keyhole Markup Language" file that can be used to show the locations, track, and error estimates of the locations of the tag.
.prv This spreadsheet contains the raw information for all the Argos messages received for the tag in Argos' PRV format.
.pxp This file can be used to help analyze the tag's data using WaveMetrics' Igor program.
sources.txt This file contains the data sources that contributed to the deployment's information.
version.txt This file contains the version of the internal DAP processor as well as the date that the data was decoded/processed.