Director's message, Australian bushfires, ALA Data Quality Project + more
Director's message, Australian bushfires, ALA Data Quality Project  + more
Green fern in front of a burnt tree
King Fern (Todea barbara) observation uploaded to iNaturalist Australia by alpine_flora_of_australia, February 2020 (CC-BY-NC 4.0)

Message from Andre Zerger, Director, Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)

Dear Atlas of Living Australia community,
The start of 2020 has brought many challenges for our nation as we continue to respond to, and recover from, the bushfire crisis. For the ALA, it’s meant a very different January to the one we expected however we’re proud to have been able to support communities, government and the research sector. 

Australian bushfires

Citizen science bushfire recovery 

Following the recent citizen science bushfire forum, we're asking project administrators of bushfire related citizen science projects to use the 'bushfire related projects' tag in the Australian Citizen Science Project Finder.  

Data Quality Project

ALA Data Quality Project launched

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) has launched a Data Quality Project to develop products that improve access to data, and ability to assess fitness-for–use.   

Data quality baseline survey

Take our survey and help us measure your current view on the quality of data available in the ALA. We greatly value your feedback.
Take the ALA Data Quality Baseline Survey now
( < 1 minute to complete)

Other highlights

National Consultation Findings Report

In December, we released the findings from our national consultation. Thank you to everyone who contributed. We are now using the findings to develop a five-year strategy.

EcoCommons Australia

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) announced in December that it will fund EcoCommons Australia to bring together biodiversity and ecology datasets and tools for researchers and decision-makers. QCIF is the lead agent and the ALA a key partner.


Environmental DNA data is now available on the Atlas of Living Australia. From monitoring fish species on reefs, to mapping microbes in soils or searching for evidence of a monster in Loch Ness, eDNA based surveys are a scientific frontier.

Technical updates

Names index update

Names index update

We completed an update to the Atlas of Living Australia names and taxonomy index this month. Thank you to all the directories that provide us with authoritative names and taxonomy reference data. 
AAF authentication

We've added AAF authentication

You can now sign in to the Atlas of Living Australia with your organisational login details. 

Tips & tricks 

How to download occurrence records

How to download occurrence records

We've recently updated our support article explaining how to download occurrence records.

Awards, conferences and events 

GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge
Research Data Alliance 15th Plenary
iNaturalist Australia City Nature Challenge

Recent observations

Every day new images of Australia's amazingly diverse species are added to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) by many different data providers.
This beautiful image of Haekel's Jellyfish (Pseudorhiza haeckelii) was taken in South Australia and uploaded by Peter Day. Image license: CC-BY.

   Handy links & resources

Spatial Portal
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The Atlas of Living Australia is made possible by contributions from its many partners. It receives support through the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is hosted by CSIRO.
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