By Dave Martin
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The Atlas of Living Australia (Atlas) is a national initiative to bring together rich information about Australian plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms, and make it publicly available online. The Atlas contains over 30 million occurrence records from a wide range of sources, as well as species pages, photos, distribution maps and mapping tools, national species lists, identification keys, heritage literature, and more.
It is a partnership between all Australian museums, herbaria and biological collections, CSIRO and the Commonwealth Government to help build a clearer picture of Australian biodiversity for researchers and managers, in fact anyone who would like to know more about the living world, identify species or understand their distribution. It’s easy to add your own sightings and photos to the Atlas and help to increase our knowledge and understanding of Australian biodiversity.
This application allows users to retrieve lists of species recorded within an area, and to view details of the species such as recorded distribution, scientific name, common names and images. It also allows users to submit species occurrence records with an image to the Atlas of Living Australia, and to view the latest images added to the Atlas.
What's New in Version 1.1
Additional "advanced" breakdown for explore your area which includes better groups for Birds e.g. Parrots, Perchers.
Better display for iPad
Display of radius on Explore Your Area
Sorting by scientific name or common name with Explore you area results
Bug fixes for the image viewer
Ability to switch off results with no images
Ultimate reference for species in the Australian region
This app taps the full Australian database of 35 million species observations (as of November 2012) so is excellent for finding out what is where and for finding out what species are in any area. The app also enables you to enter any observations and the data goes into the national database. The app is intuitive and easy to use, but I'd like it to pick up EXIF information from photos on data entry to save manual entry.
It would also be good to display more information about species from external sources rather than providing links to those resources.
A very neat app!
It's early days, but it is very good
A great concept, but needs to evolve (which I feel sure it will do with time), and it needs considerable improvement in the interface. However, I have found it very useful and very informative, although slow to scroll through selected types. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the fauna and flora of their area in Australia.
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- Category: Reference
- Updated: 17 May 2012
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 12.4 MB
- Languages: English, German, Northern Sami, Spanish
- Seller: Dave Martin
- © CSIRO
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.