Submitting data to the VAL

What format should my data be in?
As the long as the file is structured data (documents or PDFs need to be converted to a spreadsheet or database), the file type is not really an issue as t...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:53 AM
Data upload templates
Data upload templates are used to upload bulk data into the VAL. How do I use the data upload template? The data upload templates (except for the profi...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:57 AM
What are the minimum mandatory fields needed by the VAL?
To include a record in the VAL the only information needed is: a unique identifier for each record (e.g. an ID, occurrenceID or catalogNumber field) the ...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:41 AM
How do I edit my data?
To edit your data: Log in to the VAL. Click the ‘My Profile’ tab. Click ‘View the sightings you have recorded’. Select the record you want to edit. Ed...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:43 AM
What is the ‘basis of record’?
Basis of record is a mandatory field that identifies what type of record you have, is it: something that was observed but there is no further evidence (an...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:44 AM
What fields are needed for a high quality record?
A high quality record contains the minimum mandatory fields plus as many of the following fields as possible: precision and accuracy fields: coordinate p...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:45 AM
What happens if there is a problem with my data?
The VAL runs a series of automated data quality checks across all submitted records, these tests will flag records for completeness and consistency, adheren...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:45 AM
What is ‘attribution’?
Attribution is a statement about who provided the data. You can nominate how you would like to be acknowledged as the provider of your data. Typical attrib...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:47 AM
What if I get the species name wrong?
The VAL's automated processes will try to match the species name as best as it can, but the VAL is not resourced to check identifications. Other users ...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:51 AM
Do you want observations of dead species, like road kill?
Dead species are an indication of the presence of the organism so yes, but please indicate in the occurrence remarks that the specimen was dead. Materi...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 3:46 AM