Atlas of Living Australia Vanessa Karpouzli [email_address] Barro Colorado Island, Panama, 17-20 January 2012 The Atlas is...
ALA – brief history <ul><li>Australian Government funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NCRIS 2006-2012: $8.2M </li></ul></ul><ul>...
ALA – goals <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop an authoritative, freely accessible, distributed and federate...
ALA – current status <ul><li>Data providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>338 listed, 200 contributing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data...
ALA – organisational detail <ul><li>Core team with CSIRO in Canberra </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director: Donald Hobern (to be ...
ALA – challenges  <ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing funds come to an end in June 2012 or June 2013 </li></ul>...
ALA – opportunities  <ul><li>Increasing engagement with natural resource managers, environment agencies, etc. </li></ul><u...
The Atlas is funded by the  Australian Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and fu...
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Atlas of Living Australia

  1. 1. Atlas of Living Australia Vanessa Karpouzli [email_address] Barro Colorado Island, Panama, 17-20 January 2012 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 – brief history <ul><li>Australian Government funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NCRIS 2006-2012: $8.2M </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EIF Super Science 2009-2013: $30.0M </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALA partner in-kind contributions: $26.5M </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2006/2007 – NCRIS applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007-06 – NCRIS funds awarded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007-12 – Project start </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008-11 – ALA User Needs Analysis delivered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009-11 – EIF Super Science funds awarded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2010-10 – Launch of ALA web site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2010-2012 – Additional features and content </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. ALA – goals <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>Integrated picture of Australia’s biodiversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plants, animals and microorganisms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marine and terrestrial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Native and non-native </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information and tools to support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Species identification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taxonomy and collection management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biosecurity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservation and land-use management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ecological and agricultural research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. ALA – current status <ul><li>Data providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>338 listed, 200 contributing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 29 million occurrence records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images and profile information (170,000 species pages) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spatial data for analysis (over 250 layers) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizen science toolkit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers portal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Australian partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International including BHL, EOL, Morphbank, </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. ALA – organisational detail <ul><li>Core team with CSIRO in Canberra </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director: Donald Hobern (to be replaced) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programme Manager: Peter Doherty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications Manager: Lynne Sealie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c. 30 business analysts, project managers, developers, data administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>c. 20 additional staff elsewhere in Australia </li></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>
  6. 6. ALA – challenges <ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing funds come to an end in June 2012 or June 2013 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No additional funding identified at present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AU research infrastructure roadmap: possible funds 2013-? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Licensing and open access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many resources developed for print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No clear ownership to approve web use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aggregating Data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Variable formats for legacy data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New data needs to be collected using standard models </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to automate detection of any issues possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need mechanisms to crowd-source authoritative corrections </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. ALA – opportunities <ul><li>Increasing engagement with natural resource managers, environment agencies, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Interest from AU science curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of the volume of data with the tools and spatial layers that provides the benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Access to information </li></ul><ul><li>Access to tools </li></ul><ul><li>Improve quality at source and ability to interchange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed standards into operations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connect individuals, groups, researchers, government, experts and amateurs </li></ul>
  8. 8. 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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