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Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)


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Science Analytics and Synthesis Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON): U.S. Geological Survey.


THIS IS A HISTORICAL RECORD. As of December 17, 2021, the BISON application will no longer be available online and has been replaced by The BISON APIs are still available at and the Integrated Publishing Toolkit is still available at The USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) project is an online all-species mapping information system consisting of a large collection of species occurrence datasets (e.g., plants and animals) found in the United States, U.S. Territories, U.S. marine Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), and Canada, with relevant geospatial layers. Species occurrences are records of organisms at a particular time and location that [...]

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Each dataset within BISON was collected or otherwise generated for its own purpose(s). For example: research and monitoring studies, citizen science programs, natural history museum collections, and peer-reviewed literature. BISON’s overall purpose is to compile species occurrence records that are generally inaccessible to the wide research community while leveraging species occurrence records already available in existing biodiversity information systems, and delivering a combined spectrum of new and existing species occurrence information and ancillary data via a Web-based GIS interface and through Web services.

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