Finding scientific information
This site is dedicated primarily to showcasing the information generated by member societies, although it also includes various other materials of general public interest.
Don’t forget to search your local library. All public libraries nowadays have powerful search engines. To search multiple libraries, try Trove, the National Library of Australia’s umbrella search engine. It indexes books, periodicals and other materials held in the National Library and a large number of other contributing libraries including universities. (For example, it indexes more than 420,000 items in the Brisbane City Council library network and more than 2 million from The University of Queensland’s libraries).
Seeking a document from a defunct website? Try Pandora, the National Library’s archival engine that sweeps a select range of official and other websites (including that of The Royal Society of Queensland) periodically and stores them in perpetuity.
Below is a searchable list of all information resources posted to this site.
Although the primary purpose of this website is to showcase the activities of non-government scientific societies, one page has been reserved for links to sites and resources of the Queensland and national governments.
The Queensland Government has an “open access” policy which means that in principle, all non-confidential material is available to the public free or for the cost only of reproduction. The Government’s “Current Publications Search Engine” is a central point of access for gazettes, scientific and annual reports, current departmental strategies, etc.
The Library catalogue of the Departments of Science, Environment etc. Among many other resources, this catalogue indexes scientific papers published by officers of the public service in their professional capacities.The Department of Environment and Science site offers entry to a wide range of resources, including:
- the Queensland Science Capability Directory which indexes the State’s research centres, institutes, facilities, research hospitals, precincts, laboratories and other research organisations.
The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist is an entity of the Department. It offers:
- Past editions of the Newsletter of the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist
- Educational resources.
The WildNet Program within the Science and Technology Division, Department of Environment acquires and manages a range of information including species nomenclature, statuses and listings, species notes, species lists, survey data, wildlife records, images, documents and maps. Metadata from relevant articles from the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland have incorporated within the WildNet database with links to the associated species and reserves. Information approved for release from the WildNet database is made available from a number internet applications and products including Species lists, Species profile search and Biomaps. Further information about the WildNet database and links to all its published applications and products can be accessed from https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/plants-animals/species-information/wildnet.
Resource Planning Guidelines
From c.1995-2006 the Department of Natural Resources published a series of Resource Planning Guidelines that are no longer readily accessible . Some of these documents have enduring value and are posted here, though only in their original form – legislation and policy has in many cases changed substantially since then. These papers are copyright to the Queensland Government.
E3 Strategic Data Capture Plan, a list of the data sets required to form prudent decisions about the use of land and natural resources, with explanations.
E51 Benefit/Cost of Land Resource Assessment: The Leichhardt Downs (Burdekin) Study, an economic analysis of the value of coordinated land resource assessment, demonstrating a benefit cost ratio of more than 50 to 1, primarily on account of avoided errors.
The Long Paddock is a Queensland Government portal that has provided climate and pasture information to the grazing community since 1995. The site provides access to rainfall and pasture outlooks and decision support tools to support land management decision making and planning for landholders, educators, consultants and extension officers.
Vegetation mapping – State coverage complete
On 30 May 2017 then Science Minister Leanne Enoch announced completion of the mapping of Queensland’s vegetation types – “Version 10.0 of the Regional Ecosystems mapping” – after a scientific initiative extending over 28 years. Natural resource mapping is an input to the planning of a wide range of public sector, business and civil society projects. The value of information of this kind ripples through the economy in many more ways than simply supporting conservation planning.
Congratulations are due to a number of public-spirited scientists from a range of disciplines for investing their time and skills in this project; and to successive Queensland Governments for allowing them the budgets and intellectual space to fulfil this mission. Royal Society of Queensland Member and Past President Paul Sattler OAM has written of the origin of the regional ecosystem program in his memoirs, published on the Society’s website. Paul as a prime mover of the project was invited to deliver an address at the launch following Ministers Leanne Enoch and Dr Steven Miles – published here.
The Minister also released Queensland’s Regional Ecosystems: Building and maintaining a biodiversity inventory, planning framework and information system for Queensland. https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/redd/resource/42657ca4-848f-4d0e-91ab-1b475faa1e7d which documents the history and development of the regional ecosystem biodiversity inventory, planning framework and information system for Queensland.
Also released was Version 3 of the Vegetation of Queensland https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/redd/resource/78209e74-c7f2-4589-90c1-c33188359086 and version 4 of the Methodology https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/redd/resource/6dee78ab-c12c-4692-9842-b7257c2511e4.
A full media explanation is on http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/5/30/qld-ecosystems-mapped-and-online-in-worldleading-science-achievement.
CRC for Greenhouse Accounting archive at National Library of Australia, a “lost classic”.
Pandora / Trove
Annual snapshots of this website are preserved for posterity via Australia’s web archive, which stores substantive websites on rotation. This wonderful element of Australia’s information infrastructure aims to archive valuable information that otherwise might vanish when websites are updated. Captured versions of this site can be viewed here.
The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) supports the accurate reporting of science in the media and has occupied this critical space at the front-line since 2005. The not-for-profit Centre works with around 1,600 journalists and 5,000 scientists and claims to have no agenda other than to support the accurate reporting of science in the media for the benefit of the Australian public.
As an independent service for journalists, it helps media outlets cover some of the biggest stories in the news – from climate, energy and natural disasters to diet, health, technology and space.
As part of its portfolio, it runs a Find an Expert facility.
Also see the proceedings of a series of three Stewardship of Country webinars held in February and March 2021 by the Royal Societies of Australia. Some of the papers from that series have been published as Volume 133 (1) of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria.
A useful index to materials to help with the identification of weeds was published by Moreton Bay Regional Council in its Voluntary Conservation Programs Update Newsletter of May 2020. Thanks to Council for permission to republish this index here. Click on the image above to bring up a PDF that contains the hotlinks to the various resources identified.Online_weed_guide
The past two centuries of history and loss of shellfish reefs in South-east Queensland have been chronicled in a scientific paper co-authored by Dr Ben Diggles, a member of The Royal Society Of Queensland. View pdf file.
Royal Society Member Ron Turner has produced a delightful e-book on the lighthouses of Australia. 18 lighthouses in Queensland are featured, each with an impressive photograph and a page of notes. The compilation will be an excellent companion for anyone visiting one of structures, each one a masterpiece of innovation.
It can be found at www.esplash.me Scroll down to the Featured Publications section where this eBook can be found together with articles relating to the authors’ sojourns at two Queensland lighthouses in recent years (Living at a Lighthouse) even a ‘History of Fraser NP’ and several other articles about that park.
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Hosted and coordinated by the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People and Practice was a national conference held on the 28 – 30th September 2016, at the University of Queensland, aimed at connecting fire scientists, ecologists and students with on-ground fire operators, land managers and other fire and environmental professionals.
In June 2019, the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium held its 20-year anniversary celebration, at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. With the theme Fire, Research and Partnerships, this forum showcased projects and programs that highlight the value of partnerships and longevity in applied fire ecology and on-ground management. Consistent with the long-standing objective of the Consortium, there was a focus on translating science into practice, including student projects.