ALAM - Who We Are


The Atlas of Living Malaysia (ALAM) provides free, online access to information about Malaysia’s amazing biodiversity. It is collaborative, open infrastructure that pulls together biodiversity data from multiple sources, and makes it accessible and reusable. ALAM is developed with assistance from the Natural History Museum, London.

Introduction


ALAM is Malaysia’s national biodiversity database. Founded on the principle of data sharing – collect it once, share it, use it many times – ALAM provides free, online access to millions of occurrence records to form the most comprehensive and accessible data set on Malaysia’s biodiversity ever produced.

By aggregating biodiversity information and making it more available online, ALAM is assisting scientists, planners, managers and others to create a more detailed picture of Malaysia’s biodiversity. ALAM is used for research, environmental monitoring, conservation planning and management, education, and citizen science activities.

Our mission


ALAM's mission is to lead the digital transformation of Malaysia’s biodiversity knowledge, promoting excellence and enabling collaboration in biodiversity research.

Our focus


ALAM pulls together two basic types of information about Malaysia’s living things: species and environments. We create tools for our users to share and analyse this data in different ways. We are committed to the principles of open data and infrastructure.

Our users


ALAM supports a wide range of users across a number of fields. We support research, environmental monitoring, conservation planning, education, and citizen science just to name a few. We create tools to help users capture, share and interrogate biodiversity information in increasingly efficient ways.

Our impact


By enabling science, industry and decision makers to work more efficiently, we impact many diverse areas of Malaysian biodiversity research and sustainability practice.

We are an essential resource for biodiversity conservation, sustainable ecosystem development, new species discoveries, systematics (relationships between living things), taxonomy (naming and classification), digitisation of biological collections, natural resource management and environmental impact assessments.

Governance


ALAM is managed by Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY). The project is made possible thanks to a grant provided by Yayasan Hasanah. The bioinformatics system and taxanomic backbone were developed in consultation with the Natural History Museum, London. ALAM plans to register as a node of the Global Biodiversity Infrastructure Facility (GBIF) in the near future.