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Atlas to reveal Australian biodiversity data

Australia: Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) will be launched in September, 2010. After the launch, people will be able to contribute sightings of plants, animals and microorganisms. In the lead up to September, the Atlas is bringing together a huge amount of biodiversity information from research, literature, records and Australia’s natural history collections and making it freely accessible online.

As it develops, the Atlas will deliver the most comprehensive information available on Australia’s biodiversity, including images, occurrence and distribution data, maps, literature, genetic sequences and taxonomic information. By integrating this previously dispersed information, the Atlas can support research, education and decision making on issues such as bio-security, food security, climate change, sustainable farming, global change management and conservation.

The Atlas will also offer a range of analytical tools to assist in the study, identification and management of native plants, animals and microorganisms. The Atlas of Living Australia has received funding from NCRIS over the 2006-2011 period to develop the core infrastructure for the Atlas.

The Atlas of Living Australia is a partnership between various organisations like the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Museum, Museum Victoria, the Queensland Museum, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Southern Cross University and the University of Adelaide. To know more about partners, one can visit

Source: ALA