About SC-MTX

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.

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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:
  1. Data included in SC-MTX is more than just observational data (i.e. more than just species and location data). The SC-MTX also stores associated information on vegetation, species, observer, site condition, survey protocol, goals and objectives of the study, success criteria, funding source, unit effort, reports, photographs, and much more.
  2. The SC-MTX has specified minimum fields for every dataset, making it possible to query for data across studies.
  3. The SC-MTX stores data on multiple taxa (i.e. birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and plants), multiple vegetation communities, and multiple study types within the entire South Coast Ecoregion.
  4. The SC-MTX incorporates geospatial records so that datasets can be visualized through ArcGIS or Google Maps.
  5. The SC-MTX is compatible with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Biogeographic & Information System (BIOS). Data in SC-MTX is sent to BIOS quarterly.

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.