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Submit a data set to the ALA

Datasets can be submitted to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) in several ways. Here you will find out how you can contribute data to the ALA.  

Before submitting data to the ALA the records need to be structured and suitably licensed. You can test and update data using your own tools and the ALA sandbox until you are comfortable that it’s ready for sharing and then once you have decided on the terms of use for your data and how it should be attributed you can submit it via the sandbox. Automated transfer can also be set up for regularly updated data sets.

Here are just a few ways you can contribute data to the ALA. 

Sandbox

If you have a file of structured data, the sandbox (link below) is a self-service tool to run a trial load of your data to test if it processes and loads correctly. The ALA Sandbox also provides an upload capability for data sets. The sandbox can be used to map and test data, when the data is ready for loading it can then be described and submitted for review before it is loaded into the ALA.

Fully automated data

For regularly updated sets a fully automated data mobilisation system can be set up using scheduled file transfer or web services, contact the data management team to discuss this option.

Data set templates

Below are data set templates that you can use to help you structure your data sets. Read the data set template FAQ for help using the templates.

Read the data set template FAQ for help using the templates. In addition, you can contact the Data Management team if you wish to upload a data set. The Data Management Team can provide you with guidance on how to structure and describe your data set.

Download a data set template

How to contact the Data Management Team

If you have any questions about submitting data to the ALA please contact the ALA Data Management Team below.

Contact the Data Management Team

Test your data online

You can test your data using these tools:

Sandbox – Occurrence data Species list upload

Decide on a license for your data

The Atlas of Living Australia offers an integrated set of biological observations to Australian and International researchers and the community. This requires that each dataset be licensed in a way that ensures that researchers and the community are able to reuse data that you submit.

Our preferred license is the Creative Commons Attribution license, where users of your data are required to attribute their use of your data to you.

We also support the Creative Commons Zero license, by which you can dedicate your data to the Public Domain. This provides for very simple reuse of your data, given the thousands of datasets in the Atlas.

If you have commercial concerns about your data the Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial license withholds permission for the use of your data for commercial purposes without your providing additional permission.

We do not accept data under any of the Creative Commons licenses that include the “No Derivatives” term, as a key purpose of the Atlas is to facilitate the re-use of data and the creation of derivative products.

Submit your data to the Data Management team

Data set upload is currently not available using this website. Contact the Data Management team if you wish to upload a data set. The Data Management Team can provide you with guidance on how to structure and describe your data set.

Contact the Data Management Team