Submitting data to the ALA

How to submit a data set
You need to register and have an ALA user account to upload data. You do not need to download software to upload data, although data formatted to fit one of...
Mon, 29 Oct, 2018 at 2:06 PM
What format should my data be in?
As the long as the file is structured data (spreadsheets and databases rather than documents or PDFs), the file type is not really an issue as the ALA can a...
Mon, 29 Oct, 2018 at 2:14 PM
Data upload templates
Data upload templates are used to upload bulk data into the ALA. How do I use the data upload template? The data upload templates (except for the profi...
Mon, 29 Oct, 2018 at 2:11 PM
What are the minimum mandatory fields needed by the ALA?
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 ...
Mon, 29 Oct, 2018 at 2:12 PM
How do I edit my data?
To edit your data: Log in to the ALA. Click the ‘My Profile’ tab. Click ‘View the sightings you have recorded’. Select the record you want to edit. Ed...
Mon, 4 Jun, 2018 at 1:36 PM
What is the ‘basis of record’?
Basis of record is a mandatory field that identifies what type of record you have, is it: something that was observed but there is no further evidence (an...
Mon, 29 Oct, 2018 at 2:22 PM
What fields are needed for a high quality record?
A high quality record contains the minimum mandatory fields plus as many of the following fields as possible: precision and accuracy fields: coordinate p...
Mon, 29 Oct, 2018 at 2:23 PM
What happens if there is a problem with my data?
The ALA runs a series of automated data quality checks across all submitted records, these tests will flag records for completeness and consistency, adheren...
Mon, 29 Oct, 2018 at 2:24 PM
What is ‘attribution’?
Attribution is a statement about who provided the data. You can nominate how you would like to be acknowledged as the provider of your data. Typical attrib...
Mon, 29 Oct, 2018 at 2:25 PM
What if I get the species name wrong?
The ALA's automated processes will try to match the species name as best as it can, but the ALA is not resourced to check identifications. Other users ...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 1:34 PM