Welcome to the Biodiversity Atlas project page!


The Biodiversity Atlas project aims to create an information model an application to browse and contribute species distribution maps. The distributions will then be available in multiple formats for download and print. We also aim to have all the data indexed by Google geocrawler so if you search for a species in maps or earth then you will get biodiversityatlas as a source of information. You can find what species distributions are in the detailed page we have about it.

The base data to create the maps will be taken from different sources:
  • GBIF: We try to create conservative potential distribution maps based on GBIF primary data.
  • Shapefiles from users with distributions taken from literacy or somewhere else.
  • Observations provided directly by users.
  • So you have any other source? Contact us.
  • You can find a list of sources for distributions here.
We are using:
  • Google AppEngine for hosting and as database for metadata, users, etc for the information model.
  • Geoserver and PostGis to store and serve the geospatial data.
If you are interested in the development side check out the Architecture web page.
You can also see our source repository if you are brave enough.

This project is a collaboration from Tim Robertson, Sergio Alvarez Leiva and Javier de la Torre. We welcome any help or feedback.



  • New page on different distribution sources We are working on trying to identify the different kind of distributions sources you can find nowadays in Internet and see how we would be able to accommodate them in ...
    Posted May 10, 2008, 11:22 AM by Javier de la Torre
  • We switched to Google App Engine Google just released Appengine. A very cool service to create and deploy scalable web applications. Before we were using Amazon EC2 and java, now the server side is developed in ...
    Posted May 9, 2008, 5:03 AM by Javier de la Torre
  • First thoughts on biodiversityAtlas user interface It's ready to view the first biodiversityAtlas Screenshot. We welcome any feedback or help about it!
    Posted Mar 12, 2008, 4:07 PM by Sergio Alvarez
  • SVN established http://code.google.com/p/biodiversityatlas/ will hold the web application source code.Expected project makeup:Java (Spring, Maven, Hibernate) service layer backed by PostGIS datastoreUser Interface is Flex ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2008, 7:29 AM by Tim Robertson
  • First post of the project We are still setting up stuff but hopefully we will be ready soon.
    Posted Mar 5, 2008, 6:44 AM by Javier de la Torre
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