Data standards, quality & licensing

What are biodiversity data standards?
Different researchers and institutions capture and store data in the forms and combinations which best meet their needs. However, in order to make this data...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 12:29 PM
What data standards does the ALA use?
Several standards are preferred for data provided to the ALA: Darwin Core (DwC) —for specimen and observation records of fauna provided by museums; and fo...
Fri, 30 Nov, 2018 at 8:34 AM
What data quality checks does the ALA do?
When data is uploaded into the ALA: georeferences are checked, i.e. to ensure that the latitude and longitude have not been transposed etc the current sp...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 12:38 PM
What is data licensing?
Put simply, licensing is granting certain rights to others to allow them to use your work. You do not give up ownership of your information by doing this (u...
Wed, 31 Oct, 2018 at 11:38 AM
What licence should I use?
The ALA encourages the use of the latest version of the Creative Commons Australia or international jurisdiction licenses and our contribution forms are gea...
Wed, 31 Oct, 2018 at 11:48 AM
How do I license something?
If you need to nominate a license type when completing an online ALA form, the form will have the necessary fields for you to choose from. If you intend...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 12:49 PM
How does the ALA integrate data?
Integrating or aggregating data is the process of bringing multiple, disparate data sets together and combining them into a single data structure. Combining...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 12:47 PM
What licencing conditions apply to my information?
This depends on the amount of data you provide and how you provide it. If you submit data through the ALA’s Record a Sighting function, it is conside...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 12:51 PM
How do I protect my privacy?
The ALA currently does not have a “private” or “hidden” mode for submitting sightings, but it is something we are considering for a future release. In the m...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 1:37 PM
What is the ALA's open data policy?
The ALA was founded on the principle of open data and open infrastructure.  This means that our data and infrastructure is free and available for anyone to ...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 12:54 PM