The Atlas is a national initiative focused on
making Australia?s biodiversity information more accessible and useable online,
'an online encyclopedia of all living things in Australia'.
The website already holds 23 million distribution
records for Australia?s fauna and flora, integrated with over 300 layers for
mapping and analysis, as well as photos, maps, identification tools, reference
species lists, literature and databases on biological collections.
The Atlas has now delivered its core
infrastructure and some powerful new tools.
The seminar will demonstrate how the Atlas can be
used for biodiversity, biosecurity and ecological study, research and
management. Includes Q&A and discussion.
About the Speaker
Mr Donald Hobern?s career spans over twenty years
in software development and biodiversity informatics.
In 2007, Mr Hobern was appointed as the inaugural
Director of the Atlas of Living Australia. He has overseen the delivery of the
Atlas? architecture and core tools within the context of multi-partner
Prior to this, he was the Deputy Director for
Informatics at the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). His
responsibilities at GBIF included adoption of data standards for biodiversity
data and the establishment of a global architecture for information
Mr Hobern served as Chair of the Biodiversity
Information Standards (Taxonomic Database Working Group - TDWG), the
international organisation responsible for development of standards for exchange
of biodiversity data from 2008 to 2010. He is also an active