Several standards are preferred for data provided to the ALA:

  • Darwin Core (DwC) —for specimen and observation records of fauna provided by museums; and for all data provided by individuals, community groups and citizen science groups
  • ABCD | HISPID—for specimen records of flora provided by herbaria
  • Microorganism data schema—for records provided by microorganism collections
  • Seedbank Data Schema—for data provided by Australian seedbanks


Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)

The Atlas of Living Australia aims to provide users with powerful tools to access well-managed structured data which can be integrated into a wide range of tools and analyses. To make this happen, the ALA depends on the existence of common data standards and protocols which ensure that data records are compatible. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing such standards.


Conservation status codes

The ALA applies an icon on a species page if that species has a conservation status under Commonwealth or state legislation, or is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. See Atlas data sets for a list of the codes used in the ALA.