Confluence Retirement

Due to the feedback from stakeholders and our commitment to not adversely impact USGS science activities that Confluence supports, we are extending the migration deadline to January 2023.

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is targeted for retirement. 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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Auto-Save and Validation(return to top)

  • BioData saves and validates data as it is entered


  • Data that does not meet validation criteria will be highlighted with a RED box (shown below)
  • A message at the bottom of the screen can be toggled to display a list of validation errors
  • Errors can quickly be found and fixed using the (Fix it) link

Validation Status Icons

Validation status ("Valid"; "Invalid") is determined by validation rules implemented by BioData application. Validation status applies to Samples, Study Reaches, and Lab Ordersicons are displayed in lists of samples, study reaches, and lab orders.

ValidPassed all BioData validation tests
InvalidFailed one or more BioData validation tests

Examples of Validation displays on data entry screens

Valid Sample
Valid Study Reach
Valid Lab Order
Sample with errors (Invalid)
Click on message to details (Invalid)
Required Fields
  • Required fields are indicated with a red * (shown below)