The CSIRO O&A Information and Data Centre hosts numerous biological datasets. Our main sources of biological data are the surveys performed by the CSIRO Marine National Facility (RV Franklin, RV Southern Surveyor, RV Investigator). We also maintain datasets that were entrusted to us by other institutions (e.g., Bureau of Rural Sciences, Soviet Fisheries, and Western Australian Museum).
In addition, we actively participate in major national and international projects aiming at ensuring a smooth flow of biological data for research purposes. Among other activities in this area we maintain the “Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota” database (CAAB) and the Australian node (OBIS Australia, OBISAU) for the International Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).