Form to create a new ETIS seizureBob Burn and Tom Milliken at our ETIS meeting in HarareETIS team members Louisa Sangalakula and Fiona UnderwoodTeam ETISThe Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) homepageETIs work session with Bob Burn & Tom Milliken at the WWF office in Harare.Rob Heittman and Bob Burn collaborating on ETIS at the WWF office in Harare, Zimbabwe.Bob Burn, Tom Milliken, Louisa Sangalakula, and Fiona Underwood at the Harare, Zimbabwe WWF office, during an ETIS work session.

Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS)

The Project

The Elephant Trade Information System ("ETIS") is a system for tracking the illegal trade in ivory and other elephant products. This database has been tracking seizures of elephant specimens occurring worldwide since 1989. ETIS is managed by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network for CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Thanks to a Darwin Initiative project funded by the UK government, we've been working with partners at the University of Reading and the TRAFFIC East/Southern Africa office in Harare, Zimbabwe to develop a new web-based application for gathering, managing, analyzing, and reporting on seizure data.

The Work

Creating a working team with members scattered across various countries and time zones (England, USA & Zimbabwe) is a challenge that we continued to embrace with ETIS. We used Assembla to manage the work, on-site meetings in Zimbabwe to set up a development environment for and collaborate with local team members, and leveraged Ruby on Rails for creating the application. Our statistical partners in England managed their R scripts via Rails and Dropbox, we at Solertium built out the application in Rails, and the team in Harare make updates to some narrative portions of the site and the application translations in English, French and Spanish via files managed in Dropbox.

The Partners

Fiona Underwood, Bob Burn, Tom Milliken, Louisa Sangalakula, Alison Heittman, Rob Heittman, Carl Scott, The University of Reading, TRAFFIC, Solertium