Biodiversity records explode onlineThe Atlas of Living Australia has achieved a significant leap forward in bringing Australia's biodiversity information together online, making it easy to access and analyse.
The Atlas now provides access to over 40 million records thanks to the addition of over 700,000 specimen records from Queensland Museum and 560,000 new and updated specimen records from Museum Victoria, including 23,000 images.
Queensland Museum Network CEO, Professor Suzanne Miller said The Atlas of Living Australia provided immediate access to reliable and verifiable information about Australia's remarkable biodiversity and lets it be shared with the world.
“Queensland Museum's entire digitised biodiversity collections are now available online for anyone to access for any purpose, from simply admiring our country's unique and beautiful biodiversity, to figuring out how to sustain our natural environment,” she said.
The 40 million records available via the Atlas include specimens held in collections, observations made in the field, molecular data, literature, maps, sound recordings and photographs.
The Atlas is calling for citizen scientists to upload their own photos and sightings of Australian species and is crowd sourcing digitisation of field notes, diaries and specimen labels held by museums and collections.
The Atlas of Living Australia is a partnership between CSIRO, Australia's museums and herbaria, biological collections, research organisations, universities and government departments.
The Atlas of Living Australia has received an Australian Government contribution of $41.3 million, comprising $8.5 million from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy program, $30 million from the Super Science Initiative and $2.8 million from the Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme.
Edition 379, 17 September 2013