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.
The Big Sky Institute at Montana State University is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to creating, applying, and communicating science-based knowledge. The BSI Ecological Informatics Lab brings together natural sciences, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, modeling, information technology, and computational programming with a comprehensive goal of making ecological data more useful to society. BSI partners with several NBII Nodes to disseminate information and to create value-added tools for interacting with data.
About This Node
Tuolomne Meadows, Yosemite National Park [Photo: Ken Karst, National Park Service]
From the deserts to the redwood forests, California encompasses the
most diverse biological region in the West. Home to more than 34 million residents, the state faces many issues
that affect the landscape, wildlife,
and people. Sharing and integrating
information and data holdings from
multiple institutions across the region
can help address these challenges.
The California Information Node (CAIN) provides access to data and information about California's environment. In addition to offering a website gateway to environmental information, CAIN is coordinating among data owners and informatics researchers to develop and test new tools to make important biodiversity data easier to locate and use. For more information about projects supported by CAIN, visit our Supported Projects page.
California Fact Sheet
The NBII's California Information Node (CAIN) demonstrates solutions for data management, discovery, exchange, and interoperability for data and information critical to California's environmental decision-making process.