The ALA’s field data collection system – BioCollect – is getting brand new look.   

The look and feel will be fresher, cleaner and more intuitive. You can still design your own data collection projects, collect data, share your project with partners, and make the data accessible via the ALA – all in a new design.  The new design will be rolled out this May.

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The BioCollect makeover – what’s new and what’s changed 

The user interface design for BioCollect has not changed since it’s launch, so it was time for an uplift.  

The update is mostly cosmetic, we simplified the interface without losing any of the great functionality. There are also some new features. You can now create projects in your own personal space and publish the project to the world only when you’re ready.  

There are also some improvements to the document search and view feature on the project resources page. Even more improvements will be coming in the near future too. 

BioCollect – a flexible biodiversity data collection tool 

BioCollect can be used to meet the specific data collection needs of citizen science projects, non-citizen science projects or natural resource management projects. It was first released in 2015, and is now widely used by researchers, industry ecologists, citizen scientists, non-government organisations and government organisations. 

Echidna CSI – a BioCollect case study 

A research project run by Dr Tahlia Perry at the University of Adelaide uses data collected by citizen scientists to study echidnas. The project has had a huge impact on echidna research and conservation. The research team developed a bespoke mobile app using BioCollect as its database.  

The flexible data collection tool enabled the research team to ‘recruit’ an army of citizen scientists across the country and collect the data necessary to establish an Australia-wide distribution map of Short-Beaked Echidnas (Tachyglossus culeatus). The project has doubled the number of echidna records in the ALA and discovered new facts about echidna biology. Read more about Echidna CSI. 

Collect, store, manage and share with BioCollect 

If you’re running a field data collection project, why not give BioCollect a try. You can collect data for your own project, store and manage the data, and, when you’re ready to share the data, it can go straight into the ALA automatically. 

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