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Can I Use BioData Today? A Checklist...

Review this checklist to see if we can create a Project for you today!

(tick) I have a UserID enabled in the BioData system...

What will BioData do for me?

  • The latest version of your data will be in one place - protected in a secure, backed-up database housed at the EROS data center. 
  • You can enter and retrieve your data using a web browser from anywhere you have an internet connection
  • You can keep track of samples you send to the lab, and BioData will alert you when a lab uploads your data
  • BioData will make sure that labs deliver data using up-to-date taxonomic nomenclature
  • Your QA efforts will be more efficient, routine, and repeatable because BioData will automatically check your data - and will protect you from inadvertently releasing invalid data
  • You can decide who has rights to enter and edit your project data
  • Your cooperators and collaborators can retrieve your project data without your help.
  • You can save your data retrieval criteria for re-use - and even send it to someone else in an email so they can retrieve the same data set.
  • You won't have to archive spreadsheets, csv text files, or homegrown databases anymore. Your data will be preserved, curated and available to future generations - no extra effort required.
  • Your data will be put into a larger context as part of a large integrated data set of over 17,000 fish, macroinvertebrate, and algae samples collected from over 2,000 sites across the country.

To see these features (and more) in action - CONTACT US - the BioData Team will be happy to demonstrate them for you.


Getting started checklist

(tick) I'm collecting bioassessment data involving one or more of the following: 1) macroinvertebrates, 2) algae, 3) fish, and/or 4) supporting habitat data from rivers and streams

(tick) I'm collecting samples at NWIS stream sites or I can create them.

All Samples must be at an NWIS site


BioData supports all NWIS sites with site type of Stream or Spring


(tick) I'm using sampling methods/protocols that BioData supports...

  • Presently BioData supports samples collected with protocols of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program and the US EPA National Rivers and Streams (NRSA) program.
  • We hope to support more sampling methods and site types in the future.

    (tick) I'm using a lab that is set up in BioData with supporting procedures...

    1. We will work with labs to get them set up in the system

    Is BioData the right choice for me?

    BioData is an Internet database application for managing, storing and distributing USGS aquatic bioassessment and monitoring data. It is available to any USGS scientist and provides national support for data input, editing, review, and storage. BioData supports community-level fish, macroinvertebrates and algae samples as well as physical habitat data collected from streams and rivers.

    BioData is....

    • An authoritative source of USGS data
    • An online data archive
    • Three applications – Input, Public Retrieval, Internal Retrieval
    • Accessed with a web browser and Internet connection

    If you are interested in:

    • Managing your Project's data in BioData - Read on!
    • Managing data in an existing BioData Project - Contact us and ask to have your UserID enabled

    What's next?

    (tick)I have a UserID enabled in the BioData system.

    (tick)Contact us and tell us you are ready

    After you contact us...

    Next Steps

    The BioData team will...
    1. Give you login access by enabling you regular desktop UserID
    2. Create your project
    3. Work with you to get your lab set up to deliver data to BioData (this takes time)
    You will...
    1. Complete your Project Profile
    2. Add staff to your project
    3. Start entering data