The Atlas of Living Australia Infrastructure for biodiversity research Donald Hobern [email_address] Melbourne, 29 July 20...
ALA - current investment <ul><li>Australian Government funding to June 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NCRIS 2006-2012: $8.2M <...
Basic concept Metadata  (source, methods, ownership, access, etc.) Data  (collections, field observations, literature, mol...
Building on the work of others
International partners - GBIF
International partners - EOL Version 2 Coming in Autumn 2011! China Australia Dutch South Africa Costa Rica Mexico Pan-Arab
International partners - CoL
International partners - BOLD
CHALLENGES: DATA VALUES <ul><li>Names & classifications </li></ul>
What species occur in Australia?
National species lists
National species lists
CHALLENGES: DATA VALUES <ul><li>Specimens & observations </li></ul>
Where is each species found? NT Gossypium sturtianum Sturt's Desert Rose SA Swainsona formosa Sturt Pea WA Anigozanthos ma...
Botanical specimens ScientificName:  Derwentia derwentiana Family: Scrophulariaceae Locality: 0.4 km E of Coryah Gap... St...
Zoological specimens ScientificName:  Imbophorus pallidus Family: Pterophoridae Locality: Stirling Range State: WA DateCol...
Field observations ScientificName:  Porela delineata Family: Lasiocampidae Locality: Black Mountain State: ACT DateCollect...
Challenges: Data values <ul><li>Agreed standard data elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ScientificName </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Challenges: Detecting errors GBIF data for “Australia” intersecting Australian continent GBIF data for “Australia” not int...
Standardised data
Standardised data
Standardised data
Local information
Collection:Queensland Herbarium
Collection: Queensland Museum
Environmental mapping
Niche modelling
Sensitive Data Service <ul><li>Sensitive geospatial data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Threatened species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
CHALLENGES: DATA VALUES <ul><li>Other species information </li></ul>
Species page: Brolga
Images
Volunteer activity
Volunteer activity
Identification tools
Identification tools
Identification tools
Identification tools
Literature - BHL
Literature: Keys
Literature: Images
Literature: Descriptions & Records
Collaborative taxonomy
<ul><li>Close loop between amateur observers and research needs </li></ul>Citizen science Projects Requests, fact sheets, ...
Citizen science
Citizen science
Goal – contextual identification Key to listed species List of  Acacia  species in area Links to aggregated species inform...
The Atlas of Living Australia Team – or some of it…
The Atlas is funded by the  Australian Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and fu...
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The Atlas of Living Australia - Infrastructure for Biodiversity Research

  1. 1. The Atlas of Living Australia Infrastructure for biodiversity research Donald Hobern [email_address] Melbourne, 29 July 2011 The Atlas is funded by the Australian Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and further supported by the Super Science Initiative of the Education Investment Fund
  2. 2. ALA - current investment <ul><li>Australian Government funding to June 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NCRIS 2006-2012: $8.2M </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EIF Super Science 2009-2012: $30.0M </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALA partner in-kind contributions: $26.5M </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop an authoritative, freely accessible, distributed and federated biodiversity data management system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Government: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CSIRO – lead agent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Universities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Southern Cross University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Adelaide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State museums: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Australian Museum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Museum Victoria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Queensland Museum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South Australian Museum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Western Australian Museum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Representative bodies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Council of Heads of Australian Entomological Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Council of Heads of Australian Collections of Microorganisms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Council of Australasian Museum Directors </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Basic concept Metadata (source, methods, ownership, access, etc.) Data (collections, field observations, literature, molecular, images, expert knowledge, etc.) Metadata repository Names and Classification Distribution Species Pages Regional Atlas Annotation Tools Biosecurity Portal Uses (biosecurity, land-use, climate change, crop development, resource management, materials, forensics, taxonomy, etc.) Links to international projects
  4. 4. Building on the work of others
  5. 5. International partners - GBIF
  6. 6. International partners - EOL Version 2 Coming in Autumn 2011! China Australia Dutch South Africa Costa Rica Mexico Pan-Arab
  7. 7. International partners - CoL
  8. 8. International partners - BOLD
  9. 9. CHALLENGES: DATA VALUES <ul><li>Names & classifications </li></ul>
  10. 10. What species occur in Australia?
  11. 11. National species lists
  12. 12. National species lists
  13. 13. CHALLENGES: DATA VALUES <ul><li>Specimens & observations </li></ul>
  14. 14. Where is each species found? NT Gossypium sturtianum Sturt's Desert Rose SA Swainsona formosa Sturt Pea WA Anigozanthos manglesii Mangles' Kangaroo Paw TAS Eucalyptus globulus Blue Gum VIC Epacris impressa Common Heath NSW Telopea speciosissima Waratah ACT Wahlenbergia gloriosa Royal Bluebell QLD Vappodes phalaenopsis Cooktown Orchid
  15. 15. Botanical specimens ScientificName: Derwentia derwentiana Family: Scrophulariaceae Locality: 0.4 km E of Coryah Gap... State: NSW DateCollected: 1998-12-12 Latitude: -30.3 Longitude: 150.1 CoordinatePrecision: 200m CoordinateMethod: Paper map TypeStatus: None
  16. 16. Zoological specimens ScientificName: Imbophorus pallidus Family: Pterophoridae Locality: Stirling Range State: WA DateCollected: 1963-09-15 Latitude: -34.3 Longitude: 118.0 CoordinatePrecision: 10000 CoordinateMethod: Google Earth TypeStatus: Paratypus
  17. 17. Field observations ScientificName: Porela delineata Family: Lasiocampidae Locality: Black Mountain State: ACT DateCollected: 2010-09-20 Latitude: -35.3 Longitude: 149.1 CoordinatePrecision: 10m CoordinateMethod: Yahoo! Maps TypeStatus: None
  18. 18. Challenges: Data values <ul><li>Agreed standard data elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ScientificName </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DecimalLatitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decimal Longitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CoordinatePrecision </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standard data formats for values </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New South Wales vs. NSW vs. N.S.W. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia vs. Australien vs. AU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008-05-15 vs. 05/15/2008 vs. 15 May 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specimen vs. S vs. Voucher </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scientific names </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Platypus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ornithorhynchus anatinus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ornithorhynchus paradoxus </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Challenges: Detecting errors GBIF data for “Australia” intersecting Australian continent GBIF data for “Australia” not intersecting Australian continent
  20. 20. Standardised data
  21. 21. Standardised data
  22. 22. Standardised data
  23. 23. Local information
  24. 24. Collection:Queensland Herbarium
  25. 25. Collection: Queensland Museum
  26. 26. Environmental mapping
  27. 27. Niche modelling
  28. 28. Sensitive Data Service <ul><li>Sensitive geospatial data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Threatened species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quarantine-sensitive species </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Registers of sensitive species </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservation agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biosecurity agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National and state-by-state </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Configurable rules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suppress from public views </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce coordinate precision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Require additional metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standalone tool to check data (April 2011) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated into data integration (June 2011) </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. CHALLENGES: DATA VALUES <ul><li>Other species information </li></ul>
  30. 30. Species page: Brolga
  31. 31. Images
  32. 32. Volunteer activity
  33. 33. Volunteer activity
  34. 34. Identification tools
  35. 35. Identification tools
  36. 36. Identification tools
  37. 37. Identification tools
  38. 38. Literature - BHL
  39. 39. Literature: Keys
  40. 40. Literature: Images
  41. 41. Literature: Descriptions & Records
  42. 42. Collaborative taxonomy
  43. 43. <ul><li>Close loop between amateur observers and research needs </li></ul>Citizen science Projects Requests, fact sheets, presentations Observers Data Input Personal Data
  44. 44. Citizen science
  45. 45. Citizen science
  46. 46. Goal – contextual identification Key to listed species List of Acacia species in area Links to aggregated species information
  47. 47. The Atlas of Living Australia Team – or some of it…
  48. 48. The Atlas is funded by the Australian Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and further supported by the Super Science Initiative of the Education Investment Fund The Atlas of Living Australia Participants The Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections (CHAFC) The Council of Heads of Australian Entomological Collections (CHAEC) The Council of Heads of Australasian Collections of Microorganisms (CHACM) The Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD)

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