Proceedings of TDWG : Conference Abstract
Conference Abstract
Taxonomy and Distribution in Big Data Use Cases from BISON and ITIS
expand article info Gerald Guala
‡ US Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States of America
Open Access


The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ( is a systematically curated, standardized, machine readable taxonomy with a standard global hierarchy and classification of all organisms. ITIS is included within thousands of other databases and websites worldwide. Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation ( is the premier resource for biological occurrence data in the United States and the primary application and hub of the US node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).  Extensive web services allow the direct connection of ITIS and BISON to automated workflows and analyses. Examples of this relevant to big data will be illustrated and discussed. These include a recent paper ( showing the substantial deficit incurred when not using ITIS synonyms in literature searches and the role of ITIS in taxonomically informed searches in BISON ( and other large data repositories and analysis packages.  Other emergent and novel applications of BISON will also be presented.


big data, biodiversity informatics, synonymic search expansion, literature search, forensic biogeography 

Presenting author

Gerald Guala

Hosting institution

United States Geological Survey