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Welcome to the Biological Informatics Program

The mission of the USGS Biological Informatics Program is to create the informatics framework, provide the scientific content, and develop the public and private partnerships needed for the understanding and stewardship of our Nation's biological resources. The Biological Informatics Program provides credible, applicable, unbiased information for science-based decision-making, particularly as it pertains to the conservation, management, and use of the Nation's biological resources. The Program is committed to making available the data and information that are critical to scientific discovery and application. Databases, maps, and publications are vital mechanisms for conveying this information to users.

In addition, the Program is committed to the development and easy accessibility of tools, models, visualizations, and applications to aid policy and resource managers in the analysis and synthesis of scientific data to support decision-making.

The Program works in cooperation with many organizations throughout the United States and the world to provide critical information to partners, stakeholders, customers, and the general public. Through electronic infrastructures, the Program delivers relevant data and information faster and in more interoperable formats than in the past, leading to better stewardship of the Nation's biological resources.

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What is "biological informatics"?
The term "biological informatics" includes the collecting, linking, storage, organization, integration, analysis, synthesis, delivery, and application of biological data and information. The USGS Biological Informatics Program specifically addresses biological data and information related to wildlife and the environment, as well as wildlife-human interactions. We do not address specifically human health issues (the domain of the National Institutes of Health) or issues related to domesticated animals and livestock (the domain of the U.S. Department of Agriculture).

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