Miles Nicholls, Data Analyst, Atlas of Living Australia
The Atlas is bringing together information to develop species profiles and to plot occurrence records for each species:
Sharing data will help Australia to respond more intelligently to the need to conserve and manage biodiversity in an environment of changing climate and continuing pressures on land-use. Contributors will be supporting the growth and quality of Australian biodiversity research. As the ALA develops into the primary source for Australian biodiversity data, there will be opportunities for:
Current partners and contributors to the ALA include:
We are also keen to develop close relationships with interest groups such as bird watching or fish survey groups that often hold high quality profile and observation information.
There are several principles that underlie ALA data sharing:
The ALA is sharing data with everyone, not just ALA users and not just via the ALA. Any sharing or “mobilisation” infrastructure that the ALA puts in place will make the data publicly available.
The ALA and downstream users claim no Intellectual Property (IP) rights over data from contributors. The ALA does not own the data and the contributors retain the right and responsibility to manage their data.
Creative Commons Australia. The ALA encourages the use of Creative Commons licensing. Efficient sharing of data is very difficult unless a common licensing framework is adopted for access and re-use of data. It is the ability to combine data from different sets and contributors that really provides value to the users of the ALA. Creative Commons licences allow the ALA to require users to attribute the source of data and to restrict use to non-commercial applications.
For data owners that wish to contribute data but need more information or resources please contact the ALA, so we can discuss how to share data.