Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

How three Fellows worked to find better ways to engage citizen scientists in the collection of biodiversity data across Victoria

The Challenge

TheVictorian Biodiversity Atlas, a statewide database of all wildlife sightings and distribution, is used to analyse changes in wildlife over time and inform decision making, investment and planning.

While a robust tool in its own right the atlas used technology that was almost a decade old, making it clunky and difficult for people to use.

Leveraging the experience and ideas of others, as well as connecting effectively with users and communities was the starting point for Fellows Veronica Farias, Johan Codinha and Fred Michna.



Sprint Cycles


Reduction in Time

The Impact


Community Engagement

The team designed and tested with the department’s users regularly to make continuous improvements

Embracing Technology

The department adopted new technology platforms to build collaboration, transparency, and clarity

Validated Concepts

The fellowship team demonstrated and proved the benefits of remote work and agile methodologies

Find Out How

Grab a copy of the in-depth story of what was discovered and created, as our team worked to find better ways to engage citizen scientists in the collection of biodiversity data.

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