Contact the Program Manager  

Contact the Program Manager

The NBII is a collaborative effort, led by the U.S. Geological Survey, to build a distributed electronic "federation" of biological data and information from many sources. Our success rests on a growing network of partners who are interested in sharing and using biological information. Actively involving partners in NBII planning, design, and implementation is of fundamental importance to this effort. Obviously, no single agency or organization working alone can support this type of broad, distributed federation. There are several major ways in which interested agencies and organizations can participate in the development of the NBII:

  • Working with a broad group of NBII partners and cooperators to help identify, prepare, and increase access to significant sources of biological data and information.

  • Participating in efforts to assess requirements of selected biological data and information "communities" -- such as natural history museum collections and State-level biological data sources -- and to ensure the requirements of these communities are incorporated and accommodated within the NBII.

  • Working cooperatively with other public and private agencies and organizations to develop the technologies, tools, and standards needed to help make biological data and information more broadly accessible.

  • Representing the objectives and activities of the NBII in working with related activities and networks at the national and international levels, and in such events as conferences, workshops, and symposia.

If your agency or organization has biological data and information you would like to make more accessible to others, we can provide guidance on the considerations and requirements for documenting and serving information as part of the NBII. Please remember that while NBII funding to directly assist individual projects in such matters is limited, we can help you identify other possible opportunities for support and partnerships. We can also offer you training or technical assistance in such areas as: metadata standards and metadata preparation, and the application of selected software tools or techniques for serving, accessing, retrieving, and applying biological information.

NBII partnerships can range from formal agreements for parties to work together on an identified project, to simple, informal cooperation on one or more mutually beneficial areas. The exact nature of a given NBII partnership depends on the interests and requirements of the participating agency or organization. If your agency or organization is working to help increase access to and use of biological data and information and interested in participating with others in building the NBII federation, or if you would simply like to learn more about the NBII and how it might relate to your interests and activities, contact the NBII National Program Office:


NBII National Program Office
302 National Center
Reston, Virginia 20192
Phone: (703) 648-4216
FAX: (703) 648-4224
The NBII Program is administered by the Biological Informatics Program of the U.S. Geological Survey
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