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Can I use BioData? Is BioData Input for Me?

What this page is: What do I need to do to get set up to use the system? What does BioData support? What are it's limitations?

Who may be interested: Project chiefs and biologists who want to evaluate BioData for managing their project data

BioData is tool available to any USGS scientist for managing and distributing aquatic bioassessment and monitoring data. BioData is an internet database application for managing, storing, and distributing USGS aquatic bioassessment data

  • An authoritative source of USGS data
  • An online data archive
  • Providing national support for data input, editing, review, and storage
  • BioData supports community level samples for fish, macroinvertebrates and algae collected from streams and rivers
  • All you need is a web browser and internet connection
  • BioData is 3 applications – Input, Public Retrieval, Internal Retrieval
  • NAWQA or NARS sampling methods for the time being
  • Your lab
  • Other sampling methods are coming

If you are interested in:

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


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

  • (tick)UserID enabled in the system
  • (tick)NWIS sites
    • streams
  • (tick) Sampling methods/protocols supported in the system
  • (tick) Labs and Lab Procedures set up in the system
    • We will work with labs to get them set up in the system



What's next?

Contact us (Online form)  and tell us you are ready

Then what happens?

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


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