Starting fall of 2013, ACIMS staff have been working with NatureServe to move our data “into the cloud”. In a project lead by Graham Morris, our database manager, our previous systems have been migrated into a framework called ‘Biotics’. We have made process changes on our end, and a major change in the data storage structure but it is all behind-the-scenes. Users of the ACIMS data should see little change although some of the spreadsheets may be restructured. If there is information not included in them that you would like to see, please let us know. I am pleased to report that the transition went relatively smoothly, but glitches always happen. If you spot something, please let us know.
Lorna Allen, ACIMS Coordinator
ACIMS has updated Element Occurrence information and yearly published lists - all elements, species tracking list, communities tracking list, tracked elements by natural subregions, tracked communities by natural subregion, differences from last years tracking list, and a new one called 'Assessing similarities between observed ecological communities':
Any previous occurrence files (dated June 2013) are now outdated and should no longer be used. New files for occurrences must be downloaded or searched using the Search ACIMS Data Map. Occurrence data are updated regularly so ensure you're using the latest ACIMS files for every search.
When submitting data to ACIMS please use the new data submission forms for plants, lichen and fungi to enable the efficient capture and storage of submitted data. The new data submission form contains fields similar to the previous form, plus a few new fields. Use the subject line 'Data Submission' and send any additional information, such as shapefiles, maps, photos, reports, etc along with the data submission form as attachments. A Help Guide is available
ACIMS is a data centre that provides biodiversity information on Alberta's species, natural ecological communities and sites. Information about the location, condition, status and trends of selected elements is collected, updated, analyzed and disseminated.