To include a record in the ALA the only information needed is:

  • a unique identifier for each record (e.g. an ID, occurrenceID or catalogNumber field)
  • the basis of record (observation, specimen, still image, movie, sound)
  • a recognisable species name (scientific or common name)
  • an indication of location (coordinates, a recognisable place name, a polygon).

Additional information produces a higher ‘quality’ record, where ‘quality’ means that users can more easily determine its ‘fitness for use’ eg can it be used for analysis, modelling or an environmental impact assessment.

See also Data upload templates.