How to contribute sightings to BioNet Atlas

Your data contributions are valued as they help to build the BioNet knowledge base used to inform many government planning and assessment programs.

Contribute species records by either entering data directly into the Bionet Atlas interface, or by bulk uploading data using the excel spreadsheets provided.  A different upload process is in place for systematic survey and incidental species sightings. Refer to the workflow and associated videos for instructions.

How can I upload ‘Species sightings’ data?

Sightings of plants and animals not captured through a systematic survey (e.g. unusual ‘one-off’ sightings) are incorporated into the ‘Species Sightings’ data collection via the following steps:

Flowchart of procedure for uploading species sightings to BioNet

Guided video tutorials

  • Populating the ‘Species sightings’ spreadsheet (coming June 2018)
  • Uploading the ‘Species sightings’ spreadsheet to BioNet Atlas (coming June 2018)

How can I upload ‘Systematic survey’ data?

All flora and fauna survey data that captures survey effort (i.e. number of people hours involved, number of traps per night) and the ability to infer negative data (i.e. absence data or sites where sightings were not made) is incorporated into the ‘Systematic Surveys’ data collection via the following 4 steps:

Flowchart of procedures to upload systematic survey data to BioNet

Guided video tutorials coming 2018.

Future plans

Validations occur both on entry into the spreadsheet and upload within the application, giving you, the contributor, greater input and accountability in ensuring your data is incorporated into BioNet Atlas as accurately as possible.

While we appreciate the current upload process is cumbersome, we have initiated a project to streamline the data supply and upload process.

More information

Contact the BioNet Team.

Resources

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Page last updated: 19 June 2018