Queensland's Citizen Science Hub


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 Queensland’s non-government scientific societies, a page has been reserved for links to sites and resources of the Queensland and national governments.

Queensland Government

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.

See 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 Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist is an entity of the Department. It offers:

WildNet and other wildlife sources

The WildNet Program within the Department of Environment and Science acquires and manages a range of information relating to Queensland’s wildlife. Information from the WildNet database approved for release is made available via the following internet applications:

Metadata from relevant articles from the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland have been incorporated within the WildNet database with links to the associated species and reserves. Information about other sources of Queensland wildlife information can be accessed via Useful wildlife resources.

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.

Long Paddock

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.

Australian Government

CRC for Greenhouse Accounting archive at National Library of Australia, a “lost classic”.

Pandora / Trove

Annual snapshots of this QSN 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 Greenhouse Calculator helps explore how a person’s lifestyle contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. We all enjoy the benefits of modern technology such as heating and lighting, but we can take actions to reduce production of greenhouse gases and help combat climate change.

Use the AGC to explore how to live more sustainably. By changing behaviour and selecting energy-efficient options, people can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that do not compromise comfort and quality of life.

The calculator website includes “Teacher ideas” linked to the Australian curriculum.

We thank Alan Pears AM, primary developer of the calculator’s algorithm, for drawing this to QSN’s attention.


From 2007 South West NRM, the regional catchment body for the Mulga Lands of South-west Queensland, launched a “Mulga Lands Information Hub“,  a repository of reports, journal articles, books and other materials about the Mulga Lands specifically although much of the material is referable to the pastoral zone generally. A significant proportion of the material was digitised for the purpose and does not appear online anywhere else.

In 2019 South West NRM amalgamated with the two natural resource management bodies to the east (Queensland Murray Darling Basin Committee and Condamine Alliance), forming Southern Queensland Landscapes. The Information Hub was archived. It is a rich source of knowledge about pastoral Queensland and Australia.

Sustainable Queensland Forum partnered with The Royal Society of Queensland and the Central Queensland University to run an interesting seminar in 2016. The proceedings have been rescued from the digital dungeon and are now available on the Events 2016 page of the Society’s website. Topics covered included:

A stewardship model for managing Queensland’s pastoral lands
The Australian experience in using biodiversity tenders for conservation
The renewable energy revolution
Economic Incentives for Key Environmental Values
A strategy for expanding and managing Queensland’s protected area estate
Climate change projection for Queensland
Threats posed by the spread of invasive grasses
Grazing, a conservation tool in fire sensitive ecosystems impacted by buffel grass
The role of citizen science in sustainable tourism
Public vs private management of conservation estate (fences).

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.

An extensive repository of knowledge about the stewardship of rural lands can be found on the rural policy webpage of The Royal Society of Queensland and the Rangelands Queensland website.

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.


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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