In early 2008, the Atlas of Living Australia (Atlas) prepared a report on the available software that could be used to support the Atlas, including:
- data cleaning, validation and manipulation, eg spelling, misnaming, georeferencing, validation
- visualisation, eg maps, graphs, images, tables
- georeferencing, eg gazetteers
- data analysis, eg environmental niche modelling; survey gap analysis
- taxonomy, eg identification
- name resolution, eg name servers
- genes, eg genetic data analysis
- metadata, eg creation, collating, data discovery
- non-biological data, eg environmental data such as GIS layers, site specific data
- field data collection, eg portable digital devices
- collaboration, eg shared workspaces
- other, including feedback, user interface, capture of non-electronic data, provider interaction.
Tools for database interaction were not investigated, as they were considered to be intrinsic to the system architecture, a feature not then determined.
While the report has not been updated it is provided for information and historical purposes.
Download the Atlas Tools Review [.pdf 7MB].