OZCAM is the Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums. The aim of OZCAM is to provide online access to a database of records aggregated from faunal collections databases in Australian museums.
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.