Data Quality Project

Project summary:The Data Quality Project is developing products that improve access to data, and ability to assess fitness-for–use. This includes software development and other activities (e.g. training, workshops or other engagements) to enhance understanding of the quality characteristics of data available via the ALA.

The ALA recognises the importance of ensuring high quality, well annotated and described data for its community and is investing in this project over the 2020 calendar year to respond to feedback from stakeholder and user groups.
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Project page:ALA Data Quality Project
Status:In progress
Time frame:February 2020 – December 2020
More information: Visit the ALA Data Quality Project page, or contact

Core Infrastructure Upgrade Project

Project summary:The Core Infrastructure Upgrade Project is replacing the various components of the ALA occurrence record system with software developed by Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) with adaptations for the ALA’s specific requirements.

After 10 years of active development, the ALA’s core data processing infrastructure is approaching ‘end of life’. The Infrastructure Upgrade Project will enable the ALA to adapt to changing data and user requirements heading into our next decade of operation.

We are working closely with GBIF throughout the project and sharing updates with our user and stakeholder communities and the international Living Atlases community.
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Project page:Core Infrastructure Upgrade Project
Status:In progress
Time frame:December 2019 – December 2020
More information: Visit the Core Infrastructure Project page or contact 

Metrics/Impact Reporting Project

Project summary:The Metrics/Impact Reporting Project aims to develop a reporting framework to capture ALAs impact and outputs. This includes making improvements on how we access metrics from disparate data sources across the ALA, in order to make them easier to incorporate into reporting and enable stakeholders to access information on their data resources via a self-service portal.

A more streamlined approach to collecting and displaying our metrics will increase consistency in recurrent and ad-hoc reporting, enable us to better monitor trends and respond better to changes in user behaviour. We also anticipate the development of an Annual ALA Impact Report as part of this project.
We will be working closely with relevant stakeholders throughout the project to ensure their data needs are taken into consideration during the solution development.
Project page:N/A
Status:In progress
Time frame:March 2020 – June 2021
More information:Contact