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Our Discovery Mission

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to discover and document all remaining Australian species of plants, animals, fungi and other organisms ... in a generation.

How on Earth are we going to do this?


Roundtable 5: What informatics structures, processes and programs do we need to support our mission?

Session 2

1 May 2020 at 3:30:00 am

Ely Wallis


Taxonomy and informatics are no longer separable. Almost all traxonomists now use a wide range of informatics tools in their day-to-day work, including online taxonomic checklists and nomenclators such as are provided by ABRS, occurrence records in the ALA and GBIF, online repositories of type images and information, and online sequence repsoitories and analysis tools. This workshop will examine the informatics toolkit available to taxonomists and ask the questions:

  • What more do we need?

  • Are our exisitng tools comprehensive enough, and integrated enough?

  • What's the next big thing we need to be aware of (or perhaps build)?

39 people have registered for this session

Andre Zerger


Ryan O'Donnell

University of New England

Lyn Cook

The University of Queensland

Gill Brown

Queensland Herbarium

Lalita Simpson

Australian tropical Herbarium

Greg Whitbread


Rose Andrew

University of New England

Nicole Kearney

Biodiversity Heritage Library Australia (Museums Victoria)

Barry Fordham

Australian National University

Matt Shaw

South Australian Museum

Madalene Giannotta

UofA, ANU, and ANIC

Pina Milne

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Bryan Lessard


Renee Catullo


Ethan Briggs

The University of Queensland

Juanita Rodriguez

Australian National Insect Collection

Ashley Field

Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment and Science

Caine Barlow

Nikolas Johnston

University of Wollongong

Nik Tatarnic

Western Australian Museum

Ben Parslow

South Australian Museum

Jeremy Bruhl

University of New England

Duncan Farquhar

Kathryn Hall

Queensland Museum

Herve Sauquet

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

Braxton Jones

The University of Sydney

Alison Vaughan

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Cathy Byrne

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Karl Magnacca

Bishop Museum

Matthew Watters

Deakin University

Ethan P. Beaver

South Australian Museum

Donald Hobern

International Barcode of Life Consortium

Pat Hutchings

Australian Museum

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Gill Brown

Queensland Herbarium

Tom May

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Shelley James

Western Australian Herbarium

David Juszkiewicz

Curtin University

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