Two positions have been advertised for bioinformaticians to work with the ALA to manage data captured by the Australian Phenomics Network (based in Canberra, closing date, 24 September 2008) and the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (based in Adelaide, closing date 19 September 2008).
The ALA has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Earthwatch Australia to work together on developing tools for capturing observations of Australian organisms, particularly as part of Earthwatch’s ClimateWatch project to capture data on the timing of recurring natural phenomena such as flowering or nesting dates.
Draft guidelines have been prepared to assist data providers with making data accessible through the ALA. Comments are welcomed on these guidelines and the ALA staff will be happy to talk to potential data providers to clarify any issues.
For more information on sharing data with the Atlas.
The Data Integration and Annotation Services for Biodiversity (DIAS-B) project (funded by the NCRIS National e-Research Architecture Taskforce, NeAT) has now developed its project plan. This project will develop the Atlas’ Metadata Repository and Data Annotation Services components. The kick-off meeting for the project team will take place in Canberra on 8th and 9th September 2008.
The DIAS-B NeAT Project Plan is online – PDF (136KB).
TDWG, the international organisation dedicated to developing standards and tools to support the integration of biodiversity information, is meeting this October in Perth. The agenda for the conference is almost finalised and includes a whole day devoted to the ALA (Wednesday, 22 October), as well as many other topics of relevance to those using or developing information on Australian organisms. We encourage anyone interested to come along and participate in the meeting. Note that conference fees are reduced for registrations received on or before 6 September 2008.
The TDWG conference agenda is online.
Over the last seven weeks the ALA team has been working on the following tasks: