By bringing together species information alongside location information, the BioAtlas enables you to explore the biodiversity in your own area or region.
The Spatial Portal is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and provides powerful visualization and analysis tools. The Spatial Portal focuses on where a chosen species was located, what species were found in a defined area and what are the environmental conditions in that area. More information can be found on the Spatial Portal help page:
Data can be downloaded in a number of different formats and sources, just look for a prominent “Download” button on any of the following sections of our site:
If you have a collection of species observations, a systematic inventory or a checklist of species they can be submitted to the BioAtlas and/or to GBIF as a data set.
To submit a data set, your data needs to be in a structured format suitable for loading into the BioAtlas. The BioAtlas and GBIF use the Darwin Core data standard.
If your data is in a spreadsheet, create a file with Darwin Core column headings or use one of the templates linked to below. If your data is in a database, you will need to export a data file (e.g. spreadsheet). When your data is in a suitable file format you can test it in GBIFs data validator. The data validator will run a trial upload of your data to test whether it displays correctly and checks for possible errors in the data. If you are happy with how the data validator displays the data, you can submit your data set to the BioAtlas Team along with metadata describing the data.
If you have a large or complex data set please contact the BioAtlas Data Management Team.
The BioAtlas Application Programming Interface (API) allows third party websites and developers to access many of the features of the BioAtlas site.
The API is a collection of web services that provide HTTP access to JSON, XML, CSV and WMS data types.
The first video demonstrates the structure of a Living Atlas including how to search, refine and download biodiversity data.
The second video focuses on the spatial components of the Atlas including the regions module, which allows the user to find species recorded within a defined region.