In the 2012 President's Budget Request, the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is terminated. As a result, all resources, databases, tools, and applications within this web site will be removed on January 15, 2012. For more information, please refer to the NBII Program Termination page.

National Biological Information Infrastructure at a Glance
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The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry.

FGDC Biological Data Profile - standard for describing biological data

Geospatial Interoperability Framework - strategy based on ISO standards and OGC specifications, integrated with the core NBII Standards and protocols

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) - find the scientific names of species by their popular names or vice-versa

CSA/NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus (BCT) - terminologies and term relationships in the fields of biology, ecology, environmental sciences, and sustainability, now available via a Web service (SOAP)

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Data and Tools
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Data Access Wizard - tool to facilitate discovery and access to fisheries-related data sets

Gap Analysis Program (GAP) - searchable statewide collection of digital species distribution maps and predictable habitat affinity models

Metadata Clearinghouse - standardized metadata-based descriptions of biological data sets and information products

Early Detection, Rapid Assessment, and Rapid Response (EDRR) to Invasive Species - a living catalog of resources for invasive species management

USGS Vegetation Characterization Program Products - Web-enabled information, data, and maps of the vegetation of 280 national Park units accross the United States

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Explore NBII's Information Regionally:
NBII examines the priority biological resources challenges specific to various regions of the United States, and places special emphasis on providing content relevant to those challenges. Click a region to see a sample of the projects in that area.

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