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.
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 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.
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:
- Species lists,
- Species profile search
- Environmental reports online
- Queensland Government Open Data Portal
- Queensland Spatial Catalogue
- Queensland Globe
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.
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 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.