Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) Australia's Virtual Herbarium (AVH) BioCASE biodiversity informatics Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) bioinformatics data standards eFlora FloraBase ImageBank


Email Ben

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17 Dick Perry Avenue, Technology Park, Western Precinct, Kensington WA 6151, Australia
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Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983, Australia

Profile

Ben is a Senior Technical Officer with an interest in the field of biodiversity informatics. Currently his work includes creating web interfaces for biological (particularly Herbarium) data and the maintenance of Herbarium databases.

Since 1998, Ben has been the lead developer of FloraBase, upgrading it to an Internet application from a pre-existing intranet application, and rewriting the application completely in subsequent versions. Along with FloraBase, Ben manages and develops other Science Division web applications both for Internet and intranet publication.

Since 1999, Ben has been a regular contributor at a national level on bioinformatics through the Herbarium Information Systems Committee (HISCOM), and more recently through the Atlas of Living Australia.

Since 2015, Ben has been on partial secondment to the Atlas of Living Australia, helping to build a number of ALA applications.


Expertise

  • Bioinformatics and biodiversity informatics:
    • National and international standards and protocols for representing and providing access to biological data
    • General Internet protocols, standards, software (e.g. Web servers and associated tools), languages (e.g. Java and PHP) and databases required to manage and publish data online
    • Digital imaging standards, file formats and copyright.
  • General ecological and biological interpretation skills, including quadrat analysis, plant specimen collection, plant identification, and laboratory skills (plant genetics).

Brief CV

Academic qualifications

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Diploma in Science, majoring in Botany at The University of Western Australia. Thesis: "Genetic Diversity in a Pygmy Sundew (Drosera parvula Planchon) Regenerating After Fire."

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor of Science degree completed with a major in Environmental Science from Murdoch University.

Membership of Professional Societies


Projects

AVH

Australia’s Virtual Herbarium is an on-line botanical information resource accessible via the web. It provides immediate access to the wealth of data associated with scientific plant specimens in each Australian herbarium. Six million specimen records, of particular value in displaying geographic distribution, will be enhanced by images, descriptive text and identification tools. The AVH is a collaborative project of the State, Commonwealth and Territory herbaria. It is being developed under the auspices of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH), representing the major Australian collections. Visit the Perth AVH node to get started.

Data Standards

Herbarium Information Standards and Protocols for Interchange of Data (HISPID) has a long name, but is useful to those institutions that manage plant specimen data. Recent work has brought this Australian standard into line with more recent work at the global level, see Access to Biological Collections Data (ABCD).


Publications (41)

Departmental Publications (41)

Found 41 items

2016

Richardson B (2016). Annotation services and how to make them work for collections curators (ABSTRACT). In Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium: Tuesday 10 May 2016 to Friday 13 May 2016, Keiran McNamara Conservation Science Centre, Kensington, WA p. 21

Richardson B (2016). Plant of the month, February 2016: Thysanotus sparteus R.Br. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2016&m=2. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2016). Plant of the month, January 2016: Eucalyptus dolichorhyncha (Brooker) Brooker & Hopper. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2016&m=1. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2016). Smarter collections use annotations. Prezi presentation at the Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium: Tuesday 10 May 2016 to Friday 13 May 2016, Keiran McNamara Conservation Science Centre, Kensington, WA. 22 p.

2015

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, April 2015: Parsonsia diaphanophleba F.Muell. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=4. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, August 2015: Pyronema omphalodes (Bull.) Fuckel Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=8. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, December 2015: Amyema linophylla (Fenzl) Tiegh. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=12. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, February 2015: Schoenolaena juncea Bunge. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=2. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, January 2015: Persoonia longifolia R.Br. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=1. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, July 2015: Eucalyptus pyriformis Turcz. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=7. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, June 2015: Drosera finlaysoniana Arn. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=6. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, March 2015: Banksia prionotes Lindl. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=3. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, May 2015: Boronia cymosa Endl. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=5. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, November 2015: Carpobrotus virescens (Haw.) Schwantes. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=11. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, October 2015: Daviesia localis Hislop. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=10. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2015). Plant of the month, September 2015: Diplolaena andrewsii Ostenf. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2015&m=9. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

2014

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, April 2014: Goodenia azurea subsp. hesperia. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=4 [Accessed 7 Jul 2014]. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, August 2014: Acacia adjutrices. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=8. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, December 2014: Anthotium humile R.Br. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=12. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, February 2014: Acacia diastemata. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=2 [Accessed 7 Jul 2014]. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, July 2014: Prostanthera ferricola. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=7 [Accessed 7 Jul 2014]. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, June 2014: Calandrinia mirabilis. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=6 [Accessed 7 Jul 2014]. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 3 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, March 2014: Acacia cyclocarpa. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=3 [Accessed 7 Jul 2014]. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, May 2014: Babingtonia camphorosmae, camphor myrtle. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=5 [Accessed 7 Jul 2014]. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, November 2014: Stylidium hygrophilum. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=11. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, October 2014: Ptilotus clivicolus. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=10. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

Richardson B (2014). Plant of the month, September 2014: Conospermum caeruleum R.Br. Available at: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/potm/?y=2014&m=9. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 2 p.

2009

Richardson B (2009). Introducing Australia's virtual herbarium (AVH) 3. PowerPoint presentation at Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Annual Conference 2008, Western Australian Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Fremantle (Perth), Australia, Sunday 19-Saturday 25th October 2008. 32 p.

Richardson B (2009). The TDWG life sciences identifiers applicability statement (ABSTRACT). In The Proceedings of TDWG: Provisional Abstracts of the 2009 Annual Conference of the Taxonomic Databases Working Group: 9-13 November 2009, Montpellier, France p. 11

2008

Richardson B (2008). Introducing Australia’s virtual herbarium (AVH) (ABSTRACT). In The proceedings of TDWG: provisional abstracts of the 2008 Annual Conference of the Taxonomic Databases Working Group: 19-24 October 2008, Fremantle, Australia pp. 33–34

Richardson B, Chapman A (2008). Ten years of FloraBase (POSTER ABSTRACT). In The proceedings of TDWG: provisional abstracts of the 2008 Annual Conference of the Taxonomic Databases Working Group: 19-24 October 2008, Fremantle, Australia pp. 99–100

Richardson B, Chapman A (2008). Ten years of FloraBase. Poster presented at the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Annual Conference 2008, Western Australian Maritime Museum, October 2008.

2007

Chapman A, Whitbread G, Richardson B, Belbin L (comps) (2007). Towards an LSID policy for the Australasian biodiversity federation: recommendations, Canberra LSID Workshop, ANBG, 2-4 April 2007. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), Canberra. 18 p.

Neish P, Richardson B, Whitbread G (2007). New standards from old: reconciling HISPID with ABCD (ABSTRACT). In Biodiversity Information Standards TDWG: the Proceedings of TDWG: Abstracts of the 2007 Annual Conference of the Taxonomic Databases Working Group: 16-22 September 2007, Bratislava, Slovakia p. 75

Neish P, Richardson B, Whitbread G (2007). New standards from old: reconciling HISPID with ABCD. PowerPoint presentation at Biodiversity Information Standards TDWG: the Proceedings of TDWG: Abstracts of the 2007 Annual Conference of the Taxonomic Databases Working Group: 16-22 September 2007, Bratislava, Slovakia. 19 p.

Whitbread G, Chapman AR, Richardson B (2007). LSID policy and implementation in Australia (ABSTRACT). In Biodiversity Information Standards TDWG: the Proceedings of TDWG: Abstracts of the 2007 Annual Conference of the Taxonomic Databases Working Group: 16-22 September 2007, Bratislava, Slovakia pp. 28–29

Whitbread G, Chapman AR, Richardson B (2007). LSID policy and implementation in Australia. PowerPoint presentation at Biodiversity Information Standards TDWG: the Proceedings of TDWG: Abstracts of the 2007 Annual Conference of the Taxonomic Databases Working Group: 16-22 September 2007, Bratislava, Slovakia. 13 p.

2004

Wright L, Richardson B, Mathiesen B (2004). Copyright policy. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Kensington, WA. 12 p.

2003

Chapman A, Richardson B (2003). New version of FloraBase released. Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 115, p. 14

2002

Bolitho M, Soong P, Atkins K, Dawson R, Mazanec R, Richardson B (2002). The Department's internal web services: opportunities and challenges. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 112 p.

1998

Richardson BP, Lander NS, Chapman AR (1998). FloraBase: an integrated information system for Western Australia (ABSTRACT). In Biodiversity, Biotechnology & Biobusiness: 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Biotechnology: Perth, Western Australia, 23-27 November 1998: Programme & Abstracts pp. 115–118