The Atlas and Yet another listing app!

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Subject: The Atlas and Yet another listing app!
From: Andrew Silcocks <>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:24:44 +0000
Just to clarify questions about birdata and the Atlas. BirdLife Australia is 
developing a Bird Conservation Portal that will include:

- an upgraded birdata interface and an app for our programs
- an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) site database
- coordination of site surveys and volunteer support
- HANZAB online (searchable)
- Australian Field Ornithology and Emu online
- ornithological library resource
- State of Australia's Birds and an Australian Bird Index

Birdata is squarely aimed at long term structured monitoring and lots of work 
has gone into ensuring it will be more user friendly, avoid multiple data entry 
and provide real time feedback. It will allow local groups to set up their own 
pages (with maps and tables etc) and moderate data for long term monitoring 
projects. You will also be able to share data with your eBird list.

The portal is a core priority for BirdLife Australia. We want to promote 
structured site surveys more widely so we can apply robust science to protect 
birds. Work on the portal is underway but clearly it is an ambitious project 
that requires ongoing funding. Thanks to everyone who has supported this 
exciting project so far.

The science portal and Eremaea eBird are very complementary - eBird users are 
skilled citizen scientists and we'd like to more people to participate in our 
conservation programs.

Regarding the issues people have been reporting with Birdata, Andrew Silcocks 
has provided the following comments: Birdata was created to be the online data 
entry portal which fed data into the master Atlas database, which was offline. 
The two are linked so that data can flow between the two databases. 
Unfortunately the link from the master database to Birdata has been giving up 
problems, which means that not all of the data are displayed in the statistics 
and maps. We haven't had any problems with the master Atlas database, which 
safely houses all of the data. With the development of the new Bird 
Conservation Portal, a new Birdata will be completely revamped and will become 
the master database. At the moment, all of our resources are going into funding 
the new portal, so the problems with the current/old version of Birdata 
probably won't be resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience and confusion this 
has caused. Rest assured, all of the data in the BirdLife Australia Atlas are 
safe and being put to good use.

Enjoy the weekend and don't forget to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird 

Paul Sullivan

BirdLife Australia

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