New knowledge-sharing approaches can engage diverse sectors of society and facilitate opportunities for collaboration and partnership. This project sees the expansion of SWIFFT, the Statewide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams, a freely accessible biodiversity and threatened species network and initiative for community, conservation, education and government. The result will be an interoperable knowledge management portal which will feed into a broader information system, Visualising Victoria's Biodiversity.
Federation University Australia
Project State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams (SWIFFT): visualising Victoria’s biodiversity
|TRUST OBJECTIVES||PROJECT OBJECTIVES|
|This grant was approved under previous grants policy|
|Rural and regional Victoria||Actively involve all rural and regional areas of Victoria and harness the strength of knowledge sharing between scientists and the community|
|Building organisational capacity||Establish an adaptable knowledge management system that will significantly build capacity to share information regarding biodiversity conservation and threatened species|
|Collaboration and partnership||Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 21 municipalities, 10 Catchment Management Authorities and approximately 20 community groups|
This powerful collaboration between educational, scientific, farming, conservation, indigenous, private and public sectors will create a valued biodiversity resource. SWIFFT is a project of the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI), a global leader in web-based spatial information systems at Federation University Australia.
- SWIFFT takes a whole-of-Victoria focus to source, collate and make available threatened species information through its website and video conferences.
- The key goal is to engage with other biodiversity stakeholders from across the community to share knowledge and enhance biodiversity planning.
- A new website will be designed to complement existing CeRDI portals.
- Geospatial biodiversity information will be made freely available on the Visualising Victoria’s Biodiversity portal, allowing users to query all data simultaneously using an interactive mapping tool.
- Information will be drawn from DELWP, Atlas of Living Australia, BirdLife Australia and the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas.
- The website will also be designed to display and link to other relevant resources that cannot be spatially represented.