National Vegetation Information System Taxonomic Review
Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2004
The CPBR assessment of the 5,447 species used in the NVIS Taxon_Lists table identified 896 (16.45%) records as having issues that needed correction. Overall the quality of information was high, reflecting the time and energy spent by data providers and NVIS managers in maintaining this dataset. Issues and their solutions have been added to the review fields in the Taxon_Lists table to allow ERIN to make corrections where appropriate. Many of the issues encountered, such as name duplication and alternate family names, were clearly the result of trying to marry similar information from multiple datasets. It is hoped with improved collaborator coordination, an emphasis on accurate vouchered information and a re-examination of the types of data that make up the NVIS database, will go a long way towards simplifying the long term management of NVIS.
Along with internal restructuring and data correction, links to external projects such as the SPRAT database and the developing 'Consensus Census' project (as part of the AVH) will help reduce the need for NVIS managers to keep on top of current taxonomic opinion. The eventual migration of key NVIS data into SPRAT has also been recommended to prevent duplication of effort in maintaining taxonomic and nomenclatural data. Closer links between NVIS and these other databases should help to create a synergy that will benefit NVIS product users and develop closer ties between Commonwealth, State and Territory collaborators. Greater knowledge and understanding of Australia's flora is being advanced all the time and with this the NVIS database clearly has an important role.