Integrating or aggregating data is the process of bringing multiple, disparate data sets together and combining them into a single data structure. Combining and standardising the different data sets allows them to be searched as a single unit using common terms. The ALA brings together hundreds of data sets and makes them available through a common interface. The ALA uses Darwin Core, an internationally developed biodiversity data interchange standard, as it’s core data model and point of standardisation.
How we integrate data
Data sets submitted for loading into the ALA are reviewed by the Data Management Team for the type of content and ability to be mapped to Darwin core. Then in communication with owner/custodian the data is processed to a format suitable for loading using data transformation software. If there is going to be an ongoing load schedule the processing saved for future repeat use.
Contact the Data Management team via email firstname.lastname@example.org below if you have questions about the ALA data integration process.