The Atlas of Living Australia: Sharing Biodiversity Knowledge

Alexis Tindall, Atlas of Living Australia/ South Australian Museum, Australia

Since its establishment in 2008 the Atlas of Living Australia has grown into a vast digital repository of information about Australia’s biodiversity. This national collaboration now hosts more than 57 million records, and brings together a diverse array of partners including museums and herbaria, state and territory governments, organised environmental initiatives and citizen scientists.

The specimens held by Australia’s natural history collections form an irreplaceable record of Australia’s biodiversity. The Atlas brings data from those collections together with multimedia, scientific literature, gene sequences and other material, and has developed digital tools to help all kinds of users access and interpret that information.

In this presentation Alexis will outline how this initiative has developed, the great power of this collaborative resource, Australian museums’ involvement and benefits, and goals for the future.