Fact Sheet: The NBII Metadata Standard

Biological Metadata Standard Fact Sheet

The NBII biological metadata standard has been developed as a "biological data profile" of the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM).  The objective of the NBII Program is to provide one inclusive biological metadata standard that can be used to describe biological data and information in all its forms, and also provide maximum compatibility with the FGDC geospatial metadata standard.

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Biological Data Profile

The Biological Data Profile (BDP) is an approved profile to the FGDC-Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM), meaning it provides additional fields to the FGDC-CSDGM standard. These fields allow biological information such as taxonomy, methodology, and analytical tools to be added to a metadata record. Since biological data sets can be either geospatial or non-geospatial in their nature, the Biological Data Profile is designed to be used to document both geospatial and non-geospatial data sets. As a profile, all the requirements of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata must be met for any geospatial biological data set. The Biological Data Profile extends the use of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata into documenting non-geospatial data sets, when biological in nature.

Biological Data Profile, October 1999

  • Biological Data Profile Full Text (.pdf) 
  • Full text of the Biological Data Profile
  • Biological Data Profile Workbook
  • Patterned after the FGDC-CSDGM workbook, this document contains all FGDC elements plus biological elements and helpful tables and charts.                                                         
  • Graphic Images representing the Biological Data Profile
  • Viewable and downloadable images representing the structure of the Biological Metadata Standard. 
  • Online Image Map of the FGDC Standard
  • Navigate your way through the standard using this online graphical tour that includes helpful tips for understanding and creating metadata.

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