Data Basin: Did You Know About Groups?
February 24, 2021 -- Groups: Data Basin currently hosts over 1,000 (public & private) groups, which can be used to collaborate, review data, co-produce conservation & sustainability plans, & more.


Kai Foster, M.A.
Senior Spatial Analyst | Project Manager

Data Basin Groups

Did you know that Data Basin – CBI’s easy-to-use, science-based web mapping and collaboration platform - allows Data Basin members to easily create and manage their own public or private working groups to address any topic or geography of interest? Data Basin currently hosts over 1,000 (public and private) groups, created to negotiate agreements between parties, collaborate on research topics, educate students, manage public processes, and co-produce and implement conservation and sustainability plans, including long-term monitoring. 

Why Create Groups?

Data Basin groups are especially useful for projects or programs using sensitive or proprietary data, due to the privacy features in Data Basin (read more below). Groups also provide a transparent and inclusive way to review datasets and/or maps across multi-organizational teams.

Privacy in Groups

As mentioned above, Data Basin groups can be made public, so that any Data Basin member can join. Alternatively, groups can also be made private, so that only the group creator or administrator can admit members. As a Data Basin member, all of your public and private groups will be visible in your workspace. Privacy status is indicated by the presence or absence of a red lock icon (see screenshot), but keep in mind that you will only see the private groups for which you are a member.

To view public Data Basin groups, click on “Groups” under the “Community” tab in the top navigation. You can peruse all 399 public groups here. A few examples of public groups created by CBI include Stephens' Kangaroo Rat Region-wide Management and Monitoring and for the Santa Monica Mountains Fire Recovery and Adaptation Program. To view all the groups you belong to, hover over “Workspace” in the top navigation bar and select “Groups” from the dropdown menu.
For more information and support, you can find short (< 5 minutes) video tutorials here, including one on “Using Groups”. Please reach out to the Data Basin team here if you have any questions.

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