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Scientists, resource managers, teachers, and the public can retrieve data using an online query. BioData Retrieval allows one to find the data of interest based on criteria (filters) such as data type, location, date, or taxonomy. Selected retrieval criteria can be saved to a computer desktop for future queries. Data retrievals are organized in data set tables with a defined column headings. The requested data can be downloaded in several formats.

Features of the Retrieval System

  • Select data using variety of criteria, including: sample type, geography, site characteristics and lists, sampling dates, and project or program
  • See how many samples you will retrieve in real time as you modify selection criteria
  • Save data selection criteria for re-use. Email to colleagues for them to use
  • Preview data tables before downloading them
  • Download data as comma-delimited, tab-delimited, XML, Excel 1997/2003 or Excel 2007
  • Download multiple related data tables in one operation - packaged together in one zip file
  • All taxonomy reported using standardized and harmonized taxonomic system - synonymy is resolved for you
  • Online data table and column definitions

About the BioData Retrieval System

Available Download Formats

Data Dictionary

Filtering by Ecoregion

Filtering by Hydrologic Unit

How to cite BioData in a Publication

Data Retrieval Summary

Taxon-Specific Filters

Data Retrieval Presentations