[Taxacom] Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) Public Release. (bison.usgs.ornl.gov)
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The USGS makes finding the locations (and more) of U.S. species a lot
easier with the new digital resource ? BISON
Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation or BISON is the only
system of its kind; a unique, web-based Federal resource for finding
species in the U. S. and territories. Its size is unprecedented,
offering more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living
species nationwide and growing. And the vast majority of the records
are specific locations, not just county or state records.
What?s more, BISON provides an ?Area of Interest? search capability in
which users can query by drawing the exact boundary around their area
of interest, down to and including towns, villages, or even much
smaller areas such as parks. For instance, New York City?s Central
Park has more than 100,000 ?species occurrences? recorded in BISON,
with each species noted in detail. Other BISON search options include
querying the species by scientific or common name, year range, state,
county, basis of record, or provider institution.
As for the results, BISON displays them in both an interactive map and
a list format. Users can click on each species occurrence point to
retrieve more information, such as the institution providing the data,
the collector, the date collected, and whether it was from a
collection or an observation. Further, occurrences can be dynamically
visualized with more than 50 other layers of environmental information
in the system. Extensive web services are also available for direct
connections to other systems.
?The USGS is proud to announce this monumental resource?, said Kevin
Gallagher, Associate Director, Core Science Systems, ?and this is a
testament to the power of combining the efforts of hundreds of
thousands of professional and citizen scientists into a resource that
uses Big Data and Open Data principles to deliver biodiversity
information for sustaining the Nation?s environmental capital."
?BISON is destined to become an indispensable toolkit to manage
species occurrence data to support scientific, educational, and
policy-making activities in the US?, Dr. Erick Mata, Executive
Director of the Encyclopedia of Life explained. ?This is highly
complementary and synergistic with EOL's efforts to raise awareness
and understanding of living nature.?
"With BISON, the USGS takes a big step toward making biodiversity data
held within Federal agencies easier to find and use?, added Mary
Klein, President & CEO of NatureServe. ?I am enthusiastic about future
opportunities to work with USGS to increase collaboration among
Federal, state and private data holders.?
USGS Core Science Systems Mission Area, which developed the resource,
expects that BISON users will be broad-based and include land
managers, researchers, refuge managers, citizen scientists,
agriculture professionals, fisheries managers, water resource
managers, educators, and more.
Land managers, for instance, might be looking for a piece of land to
purchase for conservation?but first they want to know what species
have been documented for that parcel. BISON will tell them after only
a few mouse clicks.
BISON serves as the U.S. Node of the Global Biodiversity Information
Facility (GBIF) and will form an integral part of EcoINFORMA, the
information delivery strategy in "Sustaining Environmental Capital:
Protecting Society and the Economy," a recent report by the
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
"BISON responds directly to a key need PCAST pointed out in
?Sustaining Environmental Capital? -- to make Federal environmental
data available, inter-operable, and usable to the public," said PCAST
member Rosina Bierbaum, "We look forward to this 'biodiversity' hub
being supplemented by complementary ecological data hubs by other
Federal partners, to further the goal of helping communities across
the Nation make increasingly wise planning and management decisions."
BISON already includes millions of points from the Federal investment
in biodiversity research. It is formally cooperating with other
Federal agencies to greatly expand the delivery of federally funded
biodiversity data for the greatest possible good. Hundreds of
thousands of citizen and professional scientists have collected the
data in BISON. Non-governmental organizations, state and local
governments, universities, and many others are also participating in
this enormous undertaking.
The USGS has built and maintains BISON, which is hosted on the massive
Federal computing infrastructure at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
To learn more, visit: http://bison.usgs.ornl.gov or contact the USGS
BISON Team at BISON at usgs.gov
The USGS Core Science Analytics and Synthesis program within Core
Science Systems is home to BISON and focuses on innovative ways to
manage and deliver scientific data and information. The program
implements and promotes standards and best practices to enable
efficient, data-driven science for decision-making that supports a
rapid response to emerging natural resource issues. One of the ways
this is accomplished is by developing national data products that
increase our understanding of the Earth?s natural systems.
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