National Biological Information Infrastructure at a Glance
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The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry.

Standards
FGDC Biological Data Profile - standard for describing biological data

Geospatial Interoperability Framework - strategy based on ISO standards and OGC specifications, integrated with the core NBII Standards and protocols

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) - find the scientific names of species by their popular names or vice-versa

CSA/NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus (BCT) - terminologies and term relationships in the fields of biology, ecology, environmental sciences, and sustainability, now available via a Web service (SOAP)

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Data and Tools
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Data Access Wizard - tool to facilitate discovery and access to fisheries-related data sets

Gap Analysis Program (GAP) - searchable statewide collection of digital species distribution maps and predictable habitat affinity models

Metadata Clearinghouse - standardized metadata-based descriptions of biological data sets and information products

Early Detection, Rapid Assessment, and Rapid Response (EDRR) to Invasive Species - a living catalog of resources for invasive species management

USGS Vegetation Characterization Program Products - Web-enabled information, data, and maps of the vegetation of 280 national Park units accross the United States

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Explore NBII's Information Regionally:
NBII examines the priority biological resources challenges specific to various regions of the United States, and places special emphasis on providing content relevant to those challenges. Click a region to see a sample of the projects in that area.

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The NBII Program is administered by the Biological Informatics Program of the U.S. Geological Survey
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