Collaborating on Community Projects
From our beginnings in 1974, Species360 has been an act of collaboration, founded on the belief that no matter how strong we are as individual institutions and organizations, together we are stronger. Created by our members to advance global collaboration and information sharing, Species360 remains primarily funded by our members, most of whom are also non-profits. Community needs for continued software enhancements, additional translations and other innovations are outpacing revenue. Declining government subsidies and grants make it increasingly difficult for our members to pay higher fees to subsidize this work.
What’s a community project? Community funding is a shared way to help make new member-requested ideas that fall outside of our current plans a reality, and make them available to the rest of our creative community. Our global membership of 1,100+ institutions and 22,000 individual ZIMS users from 95 countries have consistently supported and benefited from these projects. For example, a recent community funded effort resulted in the development and global introduction of the Keeper Daily Report with initial funding provided by 22 members.
Animal Care Project
This animal care project, funded by 23 members, will streamline access to critical key welfare indicators by enabling ZIMS to systematically track and monitor inputs and outputs of animal care. The community project will expand insights available to our community in support of animal care, behavioral, and environmental data for the species in our member institutions.
ZIMS Japanese language
The ZIMS Japanese community project was made possible by the successful collaboration of JAZA, our Japanese members and Species360. The project was accomplished through the dedicated support of our team of fourteen Japanese volunteers, three translators in the US, and leadership from the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA
). Special thanks go to Etsuo Narushima, DVM, JAZA Executive Director; and Yutaka Fukuda, DVM, Ph.D., JAZA Chair. Without the continuing support and commitment from JAZA, this endeavor would not have been possible.
ZIMS Spanish language
Five remarkable translators and a group of generous beta-testers made this ZIMS Spanish language community project possible.
ZIMS Russian language
The ZIMS Russian language community project was accomplished through the dedicated support of a team of fifteen translators and leadership from the Eurasia Association of Zoos & Aquariums (EARAZA) and the Ukraine Association of Zoos and Aquariums (UAZA).
ZIMS Keeper Daily Report
The member-requested Keeper Daily Report (KDR) community project was made possible by 22 members who provided funding and expertise. The KDR allows keepers and other front-line staff to enter hundreds of types of data directly into ZIMS, while giving final approval to the institution’s centralized registrar or records administrator. Benefits include greater staff productivity, data capture and information security, animal inventory management, records management and audit trail, and overall institutional planning.