The Gardens network is connected to the Australian Nature Conservation Agency head office through an ISDN link and is connected to AARNet (the Australian Academic Research Network), giving electronic communication to national and international universities and botanical institutions through Internet. The Gardens has installed a fibre-optic FDDI-compliant network linking all the major buildings of the Canberra site; the FDDI network links sub-networks in each of the buildings.
Appropriate security measures will continue to be taken so as to prevent unauthorised access and to minimise malicious or unintentional damage to the Gardens network or databases. The back-up strategy will ensure that data are recoverable in the event of a catastrophic system failure.
An upgrade and implementation program will be established to ensure access to the latest versions of licensed software and that such software is properly installed and supported. Hardware will be upgraded in a timely manner to ensure that the Gardens is not constrained by obsolete technology. In all cases, GOSIP (Government Open Systems Interconnect Profile) and industry standards will be followed.
Staff training and instruction in the use of new applications and equipment will be provided when applications and equipment are installed. Training will take the form of computer-aided instruction packages, formal training and on-the-job instruction and experience. Self-instruction will be encouraged.