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Queensland Science Network
This website primarily showcases work of members of the Society. Inquirers seeking general scientific information should visit the website of the Queensland Science Network .
Material posted on this website is preserved for posterity not only by the Society but via PANDORA, Australia’s web archive, which stores substantive websites on rotation. This wonderful service, an element of Australia’s information infrastructure, aims to archive valuable information that otherwise might vanish when websites are updated. Captured versions of the Society’s website from June 2015 – 2019 can be viewed there. This site is scheduled for annual gathering every June.
Royal Society’s Physical Library
In exchange for its Proceedings, the Society has received publications from all parts of the world and has, by this means, assembled an important collection of scientific literature, containing some 20,000 volumes, now housed in the Queensland Museum library. Supplemented by donations from members over more than 100 years, it is a significant scholarly resource and is rich in materials from early settler Australia. The collection policy has been opportunistic rather than systematic, but the collection includes many works that would be difficult to find in print otherwise. Many foreign language publications have been secured. Members are welcome to visit this library and to borrow, by arrangement with the Society’s Honorary Librarian, contactable via Queensland Museum. The public has limited access. An index to the collection is available here.
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The Queensland Government has created a central point of access for gazettes, scientific and annual reports, current departmental strategies, etc. The Government also has a “right to information” policy which means that in principle, all non-confidential material is available to the public free or for the cost only of reproduction.
WildNet is a corporate application for wildlife and reserve information managed by the Department of Environment and Science and that is accessible to staff with several Queensland Government agencies. The types of information managed within the WildNet application include species nomenclature, status, species notes, species lists, survey data, wildlife records, images, documents and maps. Metadata from relevant articles from the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland are being incorporated within WildNet with links to the associated species and reserves. Information from WildNet is accessible via a number of internet applications including Species lists, Species profile search, Qld wildlife data API, WetlandMaps and WetlandSummary.
Vegetation mapping – State coverage complete
On 30 May 2017 Science Minister Leanne Enoch announced completion of the mapping of Queensland’s vegetation types – “Version 10.0 of the Regional Ecosystems mapping” – after a scientific initiative extending over 28 years. Natural resource mapping is an input to the planning of a wide range of public sector, business and civil society projects. The value of information of this kind ripples through the economy in many more ways than simply supporting conservation planning.
Congratulations are due to a number of public-spirited scientists from a range of disciplines for investing their time and skills in this project; and to successive Queensland Governments for allowing them the budgets and intellectual space to fulfil this mission. Member and Past President Paul Sattler OAM has written of the origin of the regional ecosystem program in his memoirs, published on this website. Paul as a prime mover of the project was invited to deliver an address at the launch following Ministers Leanne Enoch and Dr Steven Miles – published here.
The Minister also released Queensland’s Regional Ecosystems: Building and maintaining a biodiversity inventory, planning framework and information system for Queensland. https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/redd/resource/42657ca4-848f-4d0e-91ab-1b475faa1e7d which documents the history and development of the regional ecosystem biodiversity inventory, planning framework and information system for Queensland.
Also released was Version 3 of the Vegetation of Queensland https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/redd/resource/78209e74-c7f2-4589-90c1-c33188359086
and version 4 of the Methodology https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/redd/resource/6dee78ab-c12c-4692-9842-b7257c2511e4.
A full media explanation is on http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/5/30/qld-ecosystems-mapped-and-online-in-worldleading-science-achievement.
The Society re-publishes these links as a service to the scientific community because of the close involvement of Members and because the links are not necessarily easy to find on the government website; and are vulnerable to restructuring of the government web pages.