Before you can run any experiment you need to upload or import species occurrence data into the datasets portal. For your climate or environmental data EcoCommons offers several datasets for you to use. You can also upload your own data for use in your experiments. To import species occurrence data click on “Datasets” and then “Import data”. Under “Please select the data source” click on “Import from third-party”.


On the next page click on "Species Occurrence". EcoCommons taps into four species data platforms. This is a live feed to the data held on their servers and as such means that you get the most up-to-date data. 

Choose whether you want to search the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Advanced Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (AEKOS), or the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) database in the drop down box.

Note: ALA allows you to search using either a common or latin name. GBIF, AEKOS and OBIS require you to search using species' Latin names only.

Once you choose a provider, start typing the species name into the search bar and click on "Search provider" on the right hand side. This will show species related to your search. You can view species occurrences on the provider website by clicking on "View at provider" or import and visualise data in EcoCommons by clicking on "Import".