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   Donald Hobern
   Building the Atlas of Living Au...
Biodiversity information
            Root rot                                    Banksia jewel beetle                     ...
Biodiversity information
                                                               Huntsman spider                   ...
The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)
• Government-funded (NCRIS) project to June 2011
• Mission:
    – To develop an author...
The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)
•     Funding
        – $8.2M for ALA from NCRIS in 2006-2011
        – $26.5M in-kind...
Implementation


                Uses (biosecurity, land-use, climate change, crop development, resource management, mater...
Delivery
• Principles
     –   Open access to biodiversity information
     –   Link users to original data providers
    ...
Project components

                      Biodiversity
                                       Data Dissemination
         ...
Australian national checklists

• Names and classification of all
  Australian organisms
    – National checklists
    – A...
Geospatial data management
• Geospatial Information Systems
   – Partnership
           • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research N...
Collection data management
• Accession and curation of specimens
   – Whole collection community
           • Herbaria
   ...
Rich data stores

• Shared data repositories
    – Descriptive data and diagnostic keys
          • IdentifyLife – includi...
Data integration

• Integrate data and information
  from all sources
    – Shared structures,
      vocabularies and onto...
Additional metadata from data mining
                                                               Resource: ANIC
       ...
Data dissemination

• Develop tools and portals to deliver biodiversity
  information to end users
     – Biodiversity Inf...
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Donald, Hobern, the Director of the Atlas of Living of Living Australia presented a talk entitled, "Building the Atlas of Living Australia"

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a partnership between Australian natural history collections and biodiversity research groups. It is developing systems to provide integrated access to all classes of biodiversity data (including names and classification, geospatial data, images, sequences, literature, identification tools and species interactions). The central component will be an information repository which catalogues all data sources and makes them available to support research, policy and education.

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Building the Atlas of Living Australia

  1. 1. The Environment Institute Where ideas grow Donald Hobern Building the Atlas of Living Australia
  2. 2. Biodiversity information Root rot Banksia jewel beetle New Holland Honeyeater Phytophthora cinnamomi Cyrioides imperialis (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) Feeds upon nectar Pathogen of Larvae mine stems Pollinates Banksia serrata L.f. = Isostylis serrata (L.f.) Britten Biology and ecology Identified as = Sirmuellera serrata (L.f.) Kuntze Old Man Banksia Saw Banksia Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Molecular Family: Proteaceae biology Literature Distribution Subfamily: Grevilleoideae Tribe: Banksieae Subtribe: Banksiinae Genus: Banksia L.f. Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  3. 3. Biodiversity information Huntsman spider Tagasaste (tree lucerne) Braconidae - ? Chaoilta sp. Chamaecytisus palmensis Holconia montana Parasitises Feeds upon Preys upon Uresiphita ornithopteralis (Guenée, 1854) = Mecyna ornithopteralis Guenée, 1854 Biology and ecology Identified as English: tree lucerne moth Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Fact sheets Order: Lepidoptera Molecular Family: Crambidae Locality: Reid, ACT biology Subfamily: Pyraustinae GPS: 35.280S 149.138E Tribe: Pyraustini Date: 1 January 2008 Genus: Uresiphita Hübner, 1825 Distribution Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  4. 4. The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) • Government-funded (NCRIS) project to June 2011 • Mission: – To develop an authoritative, freely accessible, distributed and federated biodiversity data management system that links Australia’s biological knowledge with its scientific reference collections and other custodians of biological information – To share biodiversity knowledge to shape our future • Key data types: – Specimens and Observations – Names and Classifications – Descriptions and diagnostic keys – Images and other multimedia – Molecular sequences Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  5. 5. The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) • Funding – $8.2M for ALA from NCRIS in 2006-2011 – $26.5M in-kind from ALA partners – $30M for ALA from EIF in 2009-2012 • Partnership – Government: • CSIRO • Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – State museums: • Australian Museum • Museum Victoria • Queensland Museum • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery – Representative bodies: • Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria • Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections • Council of Heads of Australian Entomological Collections • Council of Heads of Australian Collections of Microorganisms • Council of Australian Museum Directors – Universities: • Southern Cross University • University of Adelaide Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  6. 6. Implementation Uses (biosecurity, land-use, climate change, crop development, resource management, materials, forensics, taxonomy, etc.) Regional Species Biosecurity Atlas Pages Portal Annotation Tools Metadata Names and Distribution Links to repository Classification international projects Metadata (source, methods, ownership, access, etc.) Data (collections, field observations, literature, molecular, images, expert knowledge, etc.) Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  7. 7. Delivery • Principles – Open access to biodiversity information – Link users to original data providers – Support applied use of data – Adopt and promote international data standards – Develop open source software components • Implementation – User needs analysis – online report (December 2008) – Geospatial data portal (GBIF code) (beta, June 2009) – Taxonomic checklist services (beta, June 2009) – Biodiversity information explorer (December 2009) – Image, sequence, literature repositories (2010) – Pest factsheets and regional atlas (2011) – Citizen science portal (2011) Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  8. 8. Project components Biodiversity Data Dissemination Citizen Pest Conservation Australian National Web Services Information Science Information and User Portal Explorer Portal Portal Regional Interfaces Geospatial Data Atlas Management Completed Checklists National Checklists User Quality (AFD, APC, etc.) Ontologies and Vocabularies Data Integration Metadata Repository Authentication and Identity Management Annotation Services Control and Sensitive Data Tools GIS Tools Legislative and Thematic Lists Directory of Descriptive Data (IdentifyLife) Rich Data Stores Species Interactions Images (MorphBank) Sequences (BOLD) Digital Literature (BHL) Directory of Environmental Layers Taxonomic Expertise Community Editing and Field Capture Collection Data Accession Digitisation Database Integrated Data Sets AVH APPD Geospatial and Imaging Integration Data Cache Workflow Tools of Metadata Management Processing Support Wrappers OZCAM OBIS AMRiN ALA Project Office Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  9. 9. Australian national checklists • Names and classification of all Australian organisms – National checklists – All groups of organisms – Accepted names and synonyms – Common names – Informal and morphospecies names – Legislative and thematic lists (red lists, invasive, etc.) – Collaborative editing tools – Tools to support use of lists Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  10. 10. Geospatial data management • Geospatial Information Systems – Partnership • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network • Intgrated Marine Observing System – Interoperable tools • Data caches • Environmental layers • Mapping tools • Analysis frameworks – Data from all sources • Collections • Ecological field work • Amateur observations – Report species by region • Local government area • Water catchment • Bioregion Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  11. 11. Collection data management • Accession and curation of specimens – Whole collection community • Herbaria • Faunal/entomological collections • Microbial collections – Investment areas • Field capture of metadata • Imaging systems • Databasing software • Web hosting for data – Enhance and support existing networks • Australia’s Virtual Herbarium ScientificName: Imbophorus pallidus • Online Zoological Collection of Family: Pterophoridae Australian Museums Locality: Stirling Range State: WA • Australian Plant Pest Database DateCollected: 1963-09-15 Latitude: -34.3 • Australian Microbial Resource Longitude: 118.0 CoordinatePrecision: 10000 Information Network CoordinateMethod: TypeStatus: Google Earth Paratypus Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  12. 12. Rich data stores • Shared data repositories – Descriptive data and diagnostic keys • IdentifyLife – including DELTA support – Images • Mirror MorphBank – Sequences • Mirror Barcode of Life Database – Digital literature • Mirror Biodiversity Heritage Library – Species interactions • Develop national repository • Project-based data management – Store data centrally; present locally Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  13. 13. Data integration • Integrate data and information from all sources – Shared structures, vocabularies and ontologies – User comments, corrections and tags GBIF data for “Australia” intersecting Australian continent – Data quality and potential sensitivity – Organise data: • By species • By geographic region • By ecosystem or habitat • By trait (descriptive character, GBIF data for “Australia” not intersecting Australian continent ecological function, etc.) Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  14. 14. Additional metadata from data mining Resource: ANIC Species: Cryptotermes cynocephalus Species: Cryptotermes gearyi Species: Cryptotermes hilli … Region: State NSW Region: State QLD Region: State: NT … Google Earth layer: http://data.ala.org.au/ … Species: Macropus giganteus Resource: OZCAM MV Resource: OZCAM SAMA … Enriched Region: State NSW Region: State VIC Metadata Region: State SA … Google Earth layer: http://data.ala.org.au/... Region: IBRA Central Kimberley Species: Eucalyptus apodophylla Species: Eucalyptus argillacea Species: Eucalyptus bigalerita … Resource: ANH Resource: ANIC Resource: NSW Herbarium … Google Earth layer: http://data.ala.org.au/... Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  15. 15. Data dissemination • Develop tools and portals to deliver biodiversity information to end users – Biodiversity Information Explorer • Overview of all information (species pages) • Linked pages for habitats, traits, etc. – Conservation Portal • Integration and analysis of site-based and collection data • Habitat quality indicators – Pest Information Portal • Support biosecurity projects (ABIN, DEWHA, DAFF, etc.) • Species factsheets and distribution analysis – Citizen Science Portal • Data management for amateur naturalists • Links to research and data sharing networks Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge
  16. 16. The Environment Institute Where ideas grow Tomorrow’s Science Seminar Speaker: Prof. Kym Anderson Regional implications of climate change for the Australian wine industry.

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