You can science too, with Atlas of Living Australia

By Nikki Galovic

15 August 2017

Atlas of Living Australia

A Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae). Image: Fir0002

If you think science only happens in the lab, you’d be wrong. And if you think if it can only be done by qualified professional scientists well, you’d be wrong there too.

You too can help contribute to science, all day, every day. And what better time to start than during National Science Week?

Contributions to scientific investigations from the general public are becoming more and more important. Especially when it comes to data collection from the natural world. There are still thousands of species of flora and fauna that have not been identified and even those we do know about need more data so we can learn more about them.

Putting it on the map

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) provides free, online access to information about Australia’s amazing biodiversity. It is collaborative, open infrastructure pulls together biodiversity data from multiple sources, and makes it accessible and reusable. For the ALA, citizen science is a very important source of data. The insights gained can be as valuable as those from our scientists.

Start recording the organisms in your own area and on your travels, and join thousands of other people in building Australia’s biodiversity knowledge. And if you’re the competitive type, get yourself on the Citizen Science Leader Board by recording as many different species as you can.

How to get involved

There are several ways for you to participate in citizen science:

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start finding!

Want to get involved?

The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online.