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Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)

The Core Science Analytics & Synthesis Program (CSAS) of the US Geological Survey (USGS) is developing Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON), an integrated and permanent resource for biological occurrence data from the United States. BISON will leverage USGS assets such as the full mirror and US Node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), as well as the accumulated human and infrastructure resources of the Survey’s long-term investment in research and data management and delivery in biological and geospatial data. The BISON prototype currently contains nearly 80 million records and already implements a variety of advanced functions not currently available elsewhere.

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