You can share a wide range of information with the VAL, including:

  • Information about a species (contributions to a species profile): descriptions, characteristics, groupings, measurements. The information may be structured (separated into categories, e.g. in a spreadsheet) and include a controlled vocabulary, text, numbers, static maps; or it may be unstructured text (in a single block).
  • Multimedia (ideally multimedia will be georeferenced):
    • images (photographs, sketches, anatomical drawings, paintings etc) of specimens in a collection or in the wild or environments in which a species lives
    • sounds made by a species
    • movies of a species in its habitat or of its behavior
  • Information on where species are (species occurrence data):
    • individual occurrence records: observations, recordings (multimedia), specimens (preserved or living)
    • species lists/checklists: expert distributions, predictive maps and models, surveys
  • Collections of specimens
  • Geospatial layers: area boundaries, definitions and types; environmental information
  • Resources (where to go for more information): documents, websites, information systems, activities (projects, programs), people (groups, institutions, agencies, individuals)

The VAL collects all research-grade observations from iNaturalist in the state of Vermont that are listed under CCO, CC-BY, or CC-BY-NC copyrights. iNaturalist is geared toward community learning and enables you to passively contribute occurrence data to VAL at the same time!

Material adapted from the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia by Atlas of Living Australia for the Vermont Atlas of Life.