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Introduction to the ALA  

The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, digital and open infrastructure repository that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources to make it accessible for research, analysis, and education. The ALA helps to create a more detailed picture of Australia’s biodiversity for scientists, policy-makers, environmental planners, land managers, industry, and the general public, enabling them to work more efficiently.  



The ALA started in 2012 with only 5 people, and we’re now a team of almost 60! Our head office is located in Canberra, however the team is spread all across Australia. There is a broad range of expertise at the ALA, including ecologists, software developers, data analysts and project managers. We all share an interest and a goal of maintaining and improving open data of Australia’s biodiversity.  

interlocking orange circles showing ALA's many teams and expertise. These are: data & support, architecture, applications, systems, engagement, business & partnerships, communications, and science & decision support


Collaboration and Partnerships  

The ALA is the Australian node of GBIF, and one of 25 Living Atlases around the world. 

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The ALA receives support through the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is hosted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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