Issue 6 |  October 2019

 A view from the helm

Hello everyone,

Firstly, thank you for your patience during the last few months of disruption to the BioNet systems. We are very pleased to tell you that we have completed a number of important changes and enhancements to the BioNet Vegetation Classification system. This will ensure we can maximise the benefits of the new data-driven classification for eastern NSW.

We have also applied some critical security measures and made some significant data corrections and updates. One of the most important additions is the new suite of supporting Vegetation Condition Benchmarks. BioNet Atlas has also been enhanced to support data coming from the new 'I Spy Koala' app for android and Apple devices. 

Jeremy Black | Director Remote Sensing and Landscape Science
System back online 

> The BioNet Vegetation Classification Public application has been back online since 25th July 2019. Enhanced security measures were applied to comply with the Department's higher security standards (through ISO certification), including modifications to the login procedure and password requirements. Other enhancements include changes to the report/export function. For more information about the specific changes and how they affect you, read the BioNet 3.2.1 Release notes.

> The BioNet Atlas application has recently undergone a number of enhancements.This includes the ability to submit Koala scat assessment technique (SAT) surveys and changes to the Plant Community Type (PCT) data upload and analysis features to support future delivery of PCT Classification. For more information, refer to the BioNet 3.2.2 Release notes.

> A number of data updates and corrections have been published from the Edit version of  BioNet Vegetation Classification to the Public version. Further details are available below.

Vegetation Condition Benchmarks have recently been updated (June 2019, V1.2) based on improvements to empirical data and long-term rainfall predictions for each regional vegetation class. They describe the reference state to which sites are compared to assess and score their site-scale biodiversity values, and are crucial in informing the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM).

Updated Benchmarks are now available via the BioNet Vegetation Classification database. 

For more information about Vegetation Condition Benchmarks, and to access all supporting documentation such as release notes, technical details and raw data used, refer to the new Vegetation Condition Benchmarks homepage.
Did you know?

Some of you have been experiencing issues logging into the BioNet Vegetation Classification system since it came back online in July. The first time you log in after this date, you will be required to reset your password via the 'Forgot password' process (available via the 'Registration and Login' button on the BioNet homepage). You will then receive an email containing a temporary system-generated password. Please note:
  • Whenever you log in to BioNet Vegetation Classification, use your email address as your 'Login Id'. Either type in your Login Id and Password, or use copy and 'paste as plain text'. If you just use 'paste', the login may fail.
  • The first time you log in, you will need to update your password using the 'Manage Registration' tab. Please pay particular attention to the password requirements.
  • The reCAPTCHA function works in a randomised fashion and may not require image verification each time you log in.
  • Note: your BioNet Vegetation Classification login details are not the same as those for BioNet Atlas.
Data updates
A suite of data updates and corrections were published from the Edit version of BioNet Vegetation Classification to the Public version.

These include:
Data revisions
  • Vegetation Condition Benchmarks.
  • Targeted Plant Community Type (PCT) % Cleared and IBRA Subregion data.
Data corrections
  • Several ad-hoc changes to PCTs (including PCT% cleared data, IBRA Region and Subregion data, PCT and other statuses). These have arisen from 'business-as-usual' data quality control checks and feedback from internal and external users. So thank you - keep it coming!
Note: These updates (with the exception of the Benchmarks) will be refreshed in the BAM Calculator on 27th September 2019. The revised Benchmarks will be uploaded to the BAM Calculator in February 2020.

For more information on any of the updates, please contact the BioNet team.
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Banner photo: The vulnerable Dusky woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus cyanopterus), photo credit Michael Todd

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