Monday, 10 January 2011

Sharing biodiversity data on Atlas of Living Australia

Australia's biodiversity data is being shared on the wonderful new site, The Atlas of Living Australia ( which was launched in November 2010 . This is an example of shared data on a huge scale and presented in a visual way that people can relate to.

The Atlas of Living Australia is a "collaborative, national project focused on making biodiversity information more accessible and useable online". The site includes sections where you:

Get started including how-to tutorials
Explore information on species, maps, collections and regions
Share sightings, photos and information

The atlas is a result collaboration between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian museums, the Australian Government and other partners.

Media release
states that the site "already holds over 23 million records on the distribution of Australia’s fauna and flora, in addition to maps, images and literature. Members of the public can help to build the database by contributing local photographs and information."

Go and check it out.

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