Biodiversity Information Science and Standards : Conference Abstract
Conference Abstract
BioCollect - A modern cloud application for standards-base field data recording
expand article info Peter Brenton
‡ Atlas of Living Australia, Canberra, Australia
Open Access


Many organisations running citizen science projects don’t have access to or the knowledge or means to develop databases and apps for their projects. Some are also concerned about long-term data management and also how to make the data that they collect accessible and impactful in terms of scientific research, policy and management outcomes. To solve these issues, the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) has developed BioCollect. BioCollect is a sophisticated, yet simple to use tool which has been built in collaboration with hundreds of real users who are actively involved in field data capture. It has been developed to support the needs of scientists, ecologists, citizen scientists and natural resource managers in the field-collection and management of biodiversity, ecological and natural resource management (NRM) data. BioCollect is a cloud-based facility hosted by the ALA and also includes associated mobile apps for offline data collection in the field. BioCollect provides form-based structured data collection for:

  1. Ad-hoc survey-based records;
  2. Method-based systematic structured surveys; and
  3. Activity-based projects such as natural resource management intervention projects (eg. revegetation, site restoration, seed collection, weed and pest management, etc.).

This session will cover how BioCollect is being used for citizen science in Australia and some of the features of the tool.


Atlas of Living Australia, ALA, data capture, mobile apps, BioCollect

Presenting author

Peter Brenton

Presented at

TDWG 2018

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