May 17, 2022

Reference: Atlas of Living Australia Celebrates 40 Million Records Milestone


The Atlas of Living Australia has achieved a significant leap forward.

The Atlas now provides access to over 40 million records thanks to the addition of over 700 000 specimen records from Queensland Museum and 560 000 new and updated specimen records from Museum Victoria, including 23 000 images.


The 40 million records available via the Atlas include specimens held in collections, observations made in the field, molecular data, literature, maps, sound recordings and photographs.


The Atlas is also call calling for citizen scientists to upload their own photos and sightings of Australian species and is crowd sourcing digitisation of field notes, diaries and specimen labels held by museums and collections.

“With over half a billion records downloaded, the Atlas demonstrates the power of collecting biodiversity data once and reusing it many times over to benefit research, conservation and planning. There are still a lot of biodiversity records out there and we encourage organisations to come forward and share their data via the Atlas,” Dr John La Salle, Atlas of Living Australia Director said.

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