Tutorials

How to register?

  1. Click on the Register (in the User navigation tab) in the top right corner of the IsoBird Net website.
  2. Enter your e-mail address, username and password.
  3. Click on Sign up button.
  4. Open the e-mail sent to your e-mail address (subject “Welcome to IsoBird Network”) and click on the confirmation link.
  5. You are set and ready to submit the sample descriptions or request samples for reuse!

How to submit the sample description?

Please remember that the sample specifications have to match all samples in the submitted sample description. If any samples differ in any specification, then the sample description has to be divided according to details specific for each group of samples.

  1. If you are visiting IsoBird Net for the first time, follow instructions in the “How to register?” tutorial above.
  2. Sign in (User tab in the top right corner).
  3. Go to Sample descriptions -> Create.
  4. Sampling date – you can either fill exact Sampling Date or enter the sampling period (within one year or season) using Sampling date and End date.
  5. Locality – find your Sampling Site in the map and click in the map. The Locality should be filled automatically. If not, you can provide or edit the information.
  6. Longitude and Latitude – will be filled automatically after selecting the point in the map.
  7. Species name – you can enter either Common or Scientific Name (following eBird Taxonomy update 2019). Type in at least three letters for matching suggestions.
  8. Tissue Type – choose one of the options or “other” if none of the options provided can be used. If you select “other”, describe the tissue in the following cell.
  9. Tissue Geographic Origin – select the origin of the tissue and the method of estimating the origin (following examples provided in Table 1 here [link to the paper]). If you select “other”, specify the method.
  10. Preservation Method – choose one option or “other” if none of the options provided can be used and describe the tissue in the following cell (available only if you select “other”).
  11. Analysed Isotopes – Select the isotopes already analysed if applicable.
  12. Number – add number of samples matching all provided descriptions (if any of the samples are not matching the criteria, submit a new sample description for these samples).
  13. Specify the publication status of the samples – Published/Unpublished. Select “Published” also in case only part of the samples was used in a publication (even unrelated to stable isotope ecology) and provide citation of the publication.
  14. Notes - add any notes and details on the samples facilitating the assessment of sample reuse.

How to search and request sample description?

There are two options for searching sample description stored in the IsoBird database.

A. Basic search

  1. Go to Samples -> Browse
  2. Use individual blank cells in the head of columns for search. You can combine search terms in multiple columns but you can use only one term per column.

If you want to search multiple columns matching multiple criteria, use Advanced search tool.

B. Advanced search

  1. Go to Samples -> Search
  2. Click on New search (or update former searches)
  3. Name your search for further updates
  4. Create individual conditions using name of the searched field matching/not matching the values. LIKE operator enables to find the best matching information (e.g. all species of a genus)
  5. Add conditions to combine multiple search terms using Boolean operators if necessary
  6. Click on Save and search button