Confluence Retirement

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is scheduled for retirement on January 27th, 2023. The official USGS Wiki and collaboration space is now SharePoint. Please migrate existing spaces and content to the SharePoint platform and remove it from Confluence at your earliest convenience. If you need any additional information or have any concerns about this change, please contact Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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  • When combining data from different protocols be aware that similar named columns could represent very different data types or differently named columns could represent very similar data.
  • When combining taxonomic data from different laboratories be sure and verify the laboratory proceduresAlways know your metadata that comes with each data set you are working withthat this is appropriate.
  • Understand the data sets you are working with. The Project Abstract is a description of the data collected by a project; the sample type characterizes how samples are collected in the field and; the laboratory procedures outlines how samples were processed in the lab.

BioData Taxonomy

The system reports taxonomy in a standardized and harmonized taxonomic system using what we call the BioData Taxon Name and the Published Taxon Name - synonymy is resolved for you.