Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
Introduction to the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
What is the VBA?
The VBA is the web-based information system designed to manage information about wildlife in Victoria. The system includes species attribute information, including origin and conservation status, along with more than six million records of species distribution and abundance from systematic surveys and general observations. The VBA replaces several of the Departments legacy systems, including the Flora Information System, the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife, the Aquatic Fauna Database and the VROTPop system.
Which species are included?
The VBA encompasses vertebrate and invertebrate animals, fungi, vascular and non-vascular plants from terrestrial and aquatic environments, including marine waters to the three nautical mile statutory limit. It includes both native and naturalised exotic species (including weeds and pests) but is not intended to hold data on cultivated or domesticated species.
How do I get access?
The VBA is available now and can be accessed via your web browser.
No local software installation is required. Several levels of access will be available: the general public will have access to basic information; registered users will include view only users and data contributors.
A suite of spatial layers containing the latest VBA data are also available. For the first time we have also released the 10, 5, and 1 minute grid summary layers that are also viewable in the Biodiversity Interactive Map. They are also available for download from Victorian Spatial DataMart and the Victorian Government DataVic portal.
Can I see all the data?
DEPI restricts access to some species location data in order to prevent illegal taking or destruction. Examples of restricted data include breeding sites for some parrots, which might be targeted by egg collectors. These data are however made available to decision makers to ensure that these sites are protected as far as possible from inappropriate land use or development. DEPI also restricts access to data that have not been reviewed – only the contributor and the expert reviewers have access to these data until they are accepted.
Who manages the data?
DEPI will manage the data in conjunction with key partners, including reviewing and verifying new records and managing the consequences of taxonomic and nomenclature (naming) changes.
We intend to complete the expert review cycle, where all new records submitted will be forwarded to the appropriate specialist to verify, approximately every 6 months after which all newly approved records will be available in the VBA reports area and new VBA spatial layers will be released (as above).
DEPI is currently developing training materials to support users to access and upload their data as well generate reports on the published records. There will be only limited training courses provided to users.
Quick help guides and other material are located on the Further Information pages.
Full learner guides can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information can be obtained by emailing email@example.com. We will endeavour to respond to all emails within 5 working days.
The developer of VBA is Dialog Information Technology Pty Ltd