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What is it?

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a joint initiative to build a national database of our flora and fauna. The project brings together a huge array of information on Australia’s biodiversity, accessible through a single website. Partners in this collaborative project include CSIRO, museums, herbaria, other biological collections, the Australian Government and the community as well as us here at BirdLife Australia.

How does it work?

One key feature of ALA is its Citizen Science web application (called the Biological Data Recording System). It has been developed as a means of recording observational sightings of species. It comes with a raft of functionality to help project leaders set up a project, develop a recording form, and to then view the data that is collected from the variety of people that contribute to the project. For the volunteer, it provides a means to contribute your sightings, photos and other files to a project, and to then see and edit your own records.

BirdLife Australia and ALA

BirdLife Australia has one of these Biological Data Recording Systems where volunteers can submit surveys for a range of projects. It is called the BirdLife Australia Citizen Science Portal. All the data being collected through this portal goes to the BirdLife Australia projects, and is also transmitted to the Atlas of Living Australia for broad dissemination across a wide range of interested researchers. The Birds in Backyards surveys are hosted on this portal. So when you select to submit a survey to Birds in Backyards, you will automatically be taken to this site to do so (and back to Birds in Backyards when you have finished). All survey data is handled in accordance to the Birds in Backyards and BirdLife Australia privacy policy.

Our partnership with ALA allows you to discover more about the urban birds in your area and around Australia through instant feedback and results tools, as well as have Birds in Backyards data used more widely amongst the scientific community. To read more about what ALA can do for citizen science, check out the ALA Citizen Science information page

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