To improve data accessibility the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) launched the annual Australian Biodiversity Data Mobilisation Program in 2022. This program is designed to support Australian museums, biological collections, herbaria, and research teams to digitise their data, and making them available through the ALA, and internationally through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
The 2022 program provided six grants of up to $20,000 or $50,000 to individuals or groups within Australian institutions to digitise existing species occurrence data and make them available to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) in the Darwin Core Standard.
The application opening date for 2023 will be announced in Q1 of 2023.
Applicants must be within an Australian Institution to be eligible for the funding.
This excludes existing partners who already receive ALA or National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy support.
Applicants must also agree to provide the data to the ALA in Darwin Core Standard.
There are two funding amounts on offer, including:
- small grants up to $20,000
- large grants up to $50,000
What data are suitable for the grant?
- Data must be in the form of Australian species occurrence records
- The program will target existing data. It cannot support new expeditions or field programs
- Data mobilisation efforts should align to national priorities
- Emergent digital data must be mapped to the Darwin Core standard and provided to the ALA as open data by the end of the program
What can I use the funding for?
Funding can be used to fund data mobilisation and/or infrastructure investments.
Data mobilisation investment could include:
- Staff time to digitise specimens in physical collections including scanning
- Conversion of existing analogue data, such as in field notes or other formats into the Darwin Core standard for provision to the ALA
Infrastructure investment could include:
- Purchasing digital imaging equipment to create digital data from historic records
- Purchasing software licences to improve the management and delivery of biodiversity data
- Software development costs associated with the improved management and delivery of biodiversity data
An expert panel will review the applications and select the successful applicants. Last year’s expert panel consisted of members from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, CSIRO and the University of New South Wales.
ALA will contact all applicants to advise if successful or unsuccessful.
The successful applicants will have one year to complete their projects and the ALA expects data to be provided in Darwin Core Standard by the end of the one year contract.
Once successful applicants have been notified, they will be asked to sign a contract with the ALA and CSIRO. See this document as an example of the required contract.
Available again in 2023.