You can share a wide range of information with the ALA, including:

  • Information about a species (contributions to a species profile): descriptions, characteristics, groupings, measurements. The information may be structured (separated into categories, e.g. in a spreadsheet) and include a controlled vocabulary, text, numbers, static maps; or it may be unstructured text (in a single block).
  • Multimedia (ideally multimedia will be georeferenced):
    • images (photographs, sketches, anatomical drawings, paintings etc) of specimens in a collection or in the wild or environments in which a species lives
    • sounds made by a species
    • movies of a species in its habitat or of its behaviour
  • Information on where species are (species occurrence data):
    • individual occurrence records: observations, recordings (multimedia), specimens (preserved or living)
    • species lists/checklists: expert distributions, predictive maps and models, surveys
  • Collections of specimens
  • Geospatial layers: area boundaries, definitions and types; environmental information
  • Resources (where to go for more information): documents, websites, information systems, activities (projects, programs), people (groups, institutions, agencies, individuals)