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Animal Data and Record Keeping
AZA recognizes that animal data and records kept by its Accredited Institutions, Certified Related Facilities and Approved Non-Member Participants must be managed effectively and efficiently to ensure that the species they care for are expertly documented and tracked. To meet these objectives, AZA manages several Committees and support various tools which specialize in animal record keeping and management within and between its accredited institutions.
Animal Data Information Systems Committee
The Animal Data Information Systems Committee (ADISC) is an AZA Committee that is collaborating on a cooperative international effort that focuses upon the development of an animal data and record keeping information system, called the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), to be used by AZA-accredited institutions.
The Institutional Data Management Advisory Group
The Institutional Data Management Advisory Group (IDMAG) is an AZA Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) that focuses on the scientific development of effective and efficient data management that includes data collection, data storage, data analysis and data retrieval standards and guidelines.
Animal Record Keeping Software and Reference Materials
A variety of Animal Record Keeping Software and Reference Materials have been developed to document and track information specific to the animals cared for by AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. Software programs such as ARKS4, MedARKS, and SPARKS specialize in various aspects of animal record keeping. Reference DVDs and CD-ROMs also provide a plethora of pedigree, studbook, and husbandry information.