Those who attended the Atlas of Living Australia Forum presentations were not disappointed. Peter Brenton the keynote speaker and developer of the Atlas provided participants with an overview of the application and demonstrated how to set up and report against projects. The morning session targeted community groups and individuals who demonstrated interest in recording information for their projects or for personal use. The event was well attended with just under 40 participants rolling in on the day.
The afternoon session attracted project managers and planners from Nature Glenelg Trust, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Conservation Volunteers Australia,Moyne Shire Council, DELWP and the Glenelg Shire Council. Participants were shown how information recorded in the Atlas can be used to develop a variety of maps different types of maps for different data sets and purposes. The capacity of the program is immense and the variety of applications impressive.
SEA is investigating ways of incorporating the app for future project management. One of the many advantages of the app is that it is free and can be accessed by everybody, not just the organisation that sets up the project or reports on it. It will facilitate a space for communication with accurate records on project site notes, outcomes and any attached funding, making it a great tool for project site management when working with volunteers.