The SC-MTX is a publically accessible database that houses both land management and biological monitoring data collected in the South Coast Ecoregion of Southern California (includes all or portions of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties). The SC-MTX is built on the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) existing multi-taxa database (MTX) [PDF, 717kb], a SQL data management system that standardizes and archives cross-agency ecological data, from satellite telemetry to stream surveys to tissue samples. The SDMMP collaborated with the USGS to expand the MTX to include fields for land management projects (e.g. habitat enhancement, invasive removal, facility improvement, etc.) and a web portal for public access.
How is SC-MTX different than other available data management systems?The SC-MTX is different from other available data management systems in several important ways:
Why contribute data to SC-MTX?
Currently, biological monitoring data collected in the South Coast Ecoregion is housed in several different locations, and in a variety of formats, making it difficult to find, access, and analyze the data to make informed management decisions. Land management data is typically either not collected or not stored in a publically accessible database. The goal of the SC-MTX is to centralize monitoring and management data and make it accessible to land managers and the public. Data contributed to SC-MTX can be exported to other available data management systems (e.g. BIOS, SANBIOS). In the future, the SC-MTX will include online data entry and report output capabilities.