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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 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 r fish, macroinvertebrates and algae samples and 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!
  • Entering data in an existing BioData Project - Contact us (Online form) and ask to have your UserID enabled

Checklist (tick)

Review this checklist to see if we can create a Project for you today! In the future we hope to support more sampling methods and site types.

  1. (tick) UserID enabled in the system
  2. (tick) NWIS stream sites
    1. All Samples must be at an NWIS site. BioData supports all NWIS sites with site type of Stream or Spring.
  3. (tick) Sampling methods/protocols
    1. 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.
  4. (tick) Labs and Lab Procedures set up in the system
    1. 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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