Knowledge Base

Who we are

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) provides free, online access to information about Australia’s amazing biodiversity. It is collaborative, open infrastructure that pulls together biodiversity data from multiple sources, and makes it accessible and reusable.

Introduction

The ALA is Australia’s national biodiversity database. Founded on the principle of data sharing – collect it once, share it, use it many times – the ALA provides free, online access to millions of occurrence records to form the most comprehensive and accessible data set on Australia’s biodiversity ever produced.   

By aggregating biodiversity information and making it more available online, the ALA is assisting scientists, planners, managers and others to create a more detailed picture of Australia’s biodiversity. The ALA is used for research, environmental monitoring, conservation planning and management, education, and citizen science activities.

Our mission

To lead the digital transformation of Australia’s biodiversity knowledge, promoting excellence and enabling collaboration in biodiversity research.

Our focus

The ALA pulls together two basic types of information about Australia’s living things: species and environments. We create tools for our users to share and analyse this data in different ways.

We are committed to the principles of open data and infrastructure.

Our users

The ALA supports a wide range of users across a number of fields. We support research, environmental monitoring, conservation planning, education, and citizen science just to name a few. 

We create tools to help users capture, share and interrogate biodiversity information in increasingly efficient ways.

Our impact

By enabling science, industry and decision makers to work more efficiently, we impact many diverse areas of Australian biodiversity research and sustainability practice.

We are an essential resource for biodiversity conservation, sustainable ecosystem development, new species discoveries, systematics (relationships between living things), taxonomy (naming and classification), digitisation of biological collections, natural resource management and environmental impact assessments.

Governance

The ALA is made possible thanks to contributions from our many partners. The ALA receives support from the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is hosted by CSIRO. It is a node of the Global Biodiversity Infrastructure Facility (GBIF).