Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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The community around Atlas of Living Australia’s Platform
Marie-Elise Lecoq, Fabien Cavière

Last modified: 2016-09-16


Since 2010, Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) has provided information on all the known species in Australia, contributing to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and giving access to its national open source platform. The open and modular architecture of ALA enables the re-use of the tools by other countries and regions. Over the last three years, through several international developer workshops and with the support of GBIF, ALA has been able to build an open source community around its software.

Members of this community, with the support of the ALA technical team, have installed and configured modules of the ALA platform. For the last two years, ALA tools have been launched in several GBIF nodes, i.e., Brazil, Spain, France, Portugal and Scotland. Argentina, Germany and other countries have begun to develop their own installations. There are also some data hubs managed by GBIF Spain using modules proposed by ALA. Moreover, as open source software, developers contribute to the community by implementing new functionalities.

In this poster, we will show the human aspect of the project by presenting the international community created around ALA, showing how re-using existing software can be motivating and stimulating. We will also describe different tools and documents that you can find in order to learn about the platform from a technical and functional point of view. Then we will focus on the work of GBIF France in this international community by explaining the partnerships developed between France, GBIF Benin and Canadensys to transmit our savoir-faire and to help the community.