OZCAM is an initiative of the Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections (CHAFC), which is the peak body representing Australia’s publicly accessible zoological and palaeontological collections, primarily within the jurisdiction of government at all levels (regional, state, territory and commonwealth).
The Significance of OZCAM
Not all museums hold biodiversity data for the same geographic regions or the same time periods. In aggregation, however, their data provides comprehensive coverage of Australian biodiversity in space and time.
OZCAM provides the capability to interrogate the data from all contributing museums simultaneously, allowing researchers access to an Australia-wide picture for fauna.
The Australia’s Virtual Herbarium is a complementary site to OZCAM, where queries can be made about the flora of Australia.
Disseminating Australian fauna data
There are a number of national and international bioinformatics projects that harvest and use OZCAM data. In Australia, the Atlas of Living Australia aims to develop a biodiversity data management systemwhich will link Australia’s biological knowledge with its scientific and agricultural reference collections and other custodians of biological information.
OZCAM data are also available in GBIF, the largest and most comprehensive aggregator of biological datasets worldwide.
This version of OZCAM is produced and supported by the Atlas of Living Australia (Atlas) on behalf of the Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections (CHAFC).
OZCAM is built using standard Atlas components and web services while retaining the look and feel of the previous OZCAM. It also retains the traditional OZCAM focus of listing specimens held in Australian museums. Advanced analytical tools, such as spatial analysis, are provided through links to Atlas components.
For more information on the Atlas see ala.org.au.
CHAFC would like to acknowledge the assistance and support of the Atlas in supporting OZCAM.
It is the intent of the Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections (CHAFC) to encourage the use and investigation of all the resources contained within this site.
Material from the OZCAM website can be saved or printed for research and for personal use only. Material includes information, text, images, sounds and audio-visual material in this website and its sub-sites. Apart from the purposes noted the material may not otherwise be copied, re-sold, re-distributed or framed, or otherwise used whether for compensation of any kind or not, without prior written permission from CHAFC.
The following and others including non-government agencies and individuals have certain rights in the material available via this site:
- Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections
- Commonwealth of Australia
- State and Territory Governments of Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria
- Launceston City Council
- Australian Museum
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
- Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Museum Victoria
- Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
- Queensland Museum
- South Australian Museum
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
- Western Australian Museum
In addition, other restrictions such as moral and cultural rights regarding the use of material on this site may apply.
Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968–1973 and Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000 NO. 110, 2000, no part of the OZCAM web site may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from CHAFC.
Failure to obtain written permission from the copyright owner for the use of part, or all of the material depicted could result in the infringement of copyright. Importantly, the material shown may carry a number of copyrights or it may need permission for use from the original source.
For further information about copyright you may wish to contact Australian Copyright Council.
Because the laws regarding intellectual property are very complex and still evolving you may want to seek expert advice before reproducing material.
The Australia’s Fauna website has been developed by the major natural history collecting institutions of Australia. The participants are committed to fostering scientific research via access to and dissemination of information held in their collection databases. The Australia’s Fauna website is a practical expression of that commitment.
The content of the website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice.
As much as it is able the website’s content and code is compliant with protocols and standards for accessibility and usability in relation to the information which appears on the site.
Information accessed via this site reflects the quality and accuracy of the source datasets at the time of publication. No warranty is given for the accuracy, currency and error status of the information. Some information may change after publication due to date editing or cleaning and site updates. If users encounter errors in the data, it would be appreciated if they could use the comments facility on this page to bring them to our attention.
Users of the website are responsible for assessing the relevance and accuracy of website’s information and should verify all such information with their own advisers. The participants do not accept responsibility or liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense users might incur as a result of the use of, or reliance upon, the information which appears on the site or the linked sites.