Repository of protocols and methods (CAMPanule)

Repository of naturalistic data collection protocols, methods and techniques


Naturalistic data, essential for the development of knowledge on biodiversity and for the preservation of natural heritage, is produced by many actors and in heterogeneous ways. From opportunistic contacts, monitoring or inventories, within the framework of national programs or local studies, the data collected meet specific objectives and present limits of use which should be taken into account. Knowing as precisely as possible the methods for acquiring naturalistic data is essential to better manage and use this information.

As part of the structuring of knowledge on biodiversity by the SINP, the CAMPanule project (CAtalogue of Methods and Protocols) aims to identify and characterize the techniques, methods and protocols for acquiring naturalistic data in France. By constituting a shared reference list, which can be used when entering naturalistic observations, this catalog can help harmonize the description of the data collection methods, and thus facilitate the analysis and mobilization of the knowledge produced. Upstream of production, when developing a methodology, having a reference catalog can also enlighten operators on the diversity of existing resources, their characteristics and constraints.

Example of a collection technique: installation of an entomological trap of the

Example of a collection technique: installation of an entomological trap of the "Malaise" type. � Laura Savio

Access the repository

The CAMPanule catalog is developed in the form of a database which makes it possible to describe standardized information on each technique, method or protocol identified. This information concerns in particular the objectives, the targets, the implementation methods and necessary means, the territory of application, etc., and makes it possible to develop searches by criteria in the catalog. Bibliographic references and access links to documents describing precisely the methods are also banked.

The first version of the database is available below in a zip file.
It includes:

  • the database in Access format;
  • an export of all tables in csv format;
  • the database technical guide in PDF format.

Download CAMPanule database (version 1).

An accompanying report presents the definitions and the general framework of the project, as well as examples of use.
Download the accompanying reportT�l�charger le rapport d'accompagnement (Gazay and al. 2022).

Simplified extracts are available in Excel spreadsheet format (lists of protocols, methods and techniques, and main description fields).
Download simplified extracts (zip file).

Temporary versions and working documents are available on the project website . A preliminary list of protocols (v0.9) is also made available in the national SINP metadata entry application, which can be used when describing the data sets.
CAMPanule project website

Example of protocol: installation of an ultrasound recording device for a study on bats. � Camille Gazay Example of protocol: installation of an ultrasound recording device for a study on bats. � Camille Gazay

Example of protocol: installation of an ultrasound recording device for a study on bats. � Camille Gazay

Contribute to the repository

In accordance with the objective of improving the description of the collection methods in a format harmonized between the actors, the catalog gives priority to the protocols likely to be shared, reproduced and reused by different operators.

The catalog therefore does not claim to be an exhaustive inventory of all the methodologies implemented for the collection of biodiversity data in France. Consequently, the presence or not of a method in the census carried out by the catalog does not constitute validation or discredit of it.

In order to improve this "bringing to knowledge" of existing methodologies, it is possible to propose additions to contribute to the enrichment of the repository. To do this, you can complete the online form.

If you have any comments, proposals for improvement or suggestions, you can also contact us.

Suggest an addition on CAMPanule

Contact CAMPanule project team


Catalogues des méthodes et des protocoles. Phase 1 : Étude de définition et proposition d'une démarche. Rapport MNHN-SPN 2014. Ichter J., Poncet L., Touroult J., 2014, Service du patrimoine naturel, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris. Rapport SPN 2014 - 52. 32 p.

CAMPanule : partager les protocoles, mÉthodes et techniques de collecte de donnÉes naturalistes. Rapport d'accompagnement de la version 1. Gazay C., de Lacoste N., King-Gillies N., 2022. PatriNat. 43 p.

Guide technique de la base de données CAMPanule - version 1 Gazay C., 2022. PatriNat. 25 p.