The software developed by the ALA is now used by 27 International Living Atlases.
Although there are differences in the versions of core components used by the
Atlases, and variations in the web services available,
galah is flexible enough to
handle most of these differences. Below we explain how to change the Living
Atlas the package points to, and how to put in a pull request if you would like
to see another Living Atlas supported in
To show the Atlases currently supported by
function also provides information on which taxonomic source each Atlas uses.
ala_config() to set the Atlas to use. This will automatically populate the
server configuration for your selected Atlas. By default, the atlas is Australia.
If you intend to download records you will need to register with the relevant
ala_config(atlas = "UK", email = "your_email_here")
galah only supports searching for Australian taxonomy; for other Atlases,
taxize should be used to search for the taxonomic id, and this id can be passed
taxa argument of
ala_ functions. For example:
library(taxize) # Use UK taxonomy id <- get_nbnid("Vulpes vulpes", rows = 1) ala_counts(taxa = id)
# Download records from the Austrian atlas ala_config(atlas = "Austria") id <- get_gbifid("bombina variegata", rows = 1) ala_counts(taxa = id)
occ <- read.csv('bombina_variegata.csv')
occ <- ala_occurrences(taxa = id)
galah currently supports a subset of the existing Living Atlases. If you would
like to see another Living Atlas supported, add the server configuration for the
Atlas in the
R/find_atlases.R file, and put in a pull request.
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