iNaturalist Australia launch + more
iNaturalist Australia launch + more
Common Sea Dragon
Common Sea Dragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus). Image by johnturnbull uploaded to iNaturalist Australia's Australiasian Fishes project (CC-BY-NC-SA)
Dear Atlas of Living Australia community,
I'm really pleased to announce that iNaturalist Australia is now live. The collaboration with iNaturalist is a good fit for the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) ensuring significant improvements to data quality and user experience. 
In this newsletter, we also announce the new Chair of our Advisory Board, outline recent improvements to the DigiVol platform, highlight ALA projects and upcoming conferences.
We hope you enjoy reading about our activities.
Dr Andre Zerger, Director, Atlas of LIving Australia

iNaturalist Australia now live and linked with the ALA

iNaturalist Australia
This week we launched iNaturalist Australia, the Australian node of iNaturalist, the world’s leading global social biodiversity network. All observations uploaded to iNautralist Australia are fed into the Atlas of Living Australia.
iNaturalist Australia’s species identification features and data quality measures will ensure your plant, animal or fungi sightings are more valuable than ever.
Record an observation with iNaturalist Australia
Access iNaturalist Australia help articles and FAQs
Meet iNaturalist Australia's super users
Meet iNaturalist Australia's super users


New ALA Advisory Board Chair and two new members

In September, Dr Diana Day was appointed the new Chair of the Atlas of Living Australia Advisory Board. She replaced Dr Patrick Greene who had been with the ALA for two years. 

Brazil Living Atlas launched

Brazil has launched its national biodiversity platform based on the Atlas of Living Australia infrastructure. There are now 22 installations of the Living Atlases platform across the globe.

Technical updates

Recent upgrades improve camera trap image processing 

The number of records being contributed to the Atlas of Living Australia via DigiVol’s camera trap projects has increased markedly over the last year due to upgrades to the DigiVol platform.

News from the ALA community and end users

New species named after Biodiversity Heritage Library
New fossil robber fly named after the Biodiversity Heritage Library
ALA helping to record data on damaged subapline Snow Gums
Gabrielle Crowley James Cook University
ALA data used to assess impact of Qld floods

Conferences and events
Biodiversity Next 2019
20-25 Oct, Leiden, The Netherlands
eResearch Australasia 2019
21-25 Oct, Brisbane
GEO Week 2019 Ministerial Summit
4-9 Nov, Canberra
Ecological Society of Australia 2019
24-29 Nov, Launceston

Recent observation from iNaturalist Australia

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 image of a Chiloglottis valida (Common Bird-Orchid) was recently uploaded to iNaturalist Australia by Paul George (CC-BY-NC-SA) in Victoria.

   Handy links & resources

Spatial Portal
Spatial Portal
Analyse species, location and environment data.
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Explore your area
Enter your location to find out what species live near you.

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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