Proceedings of TDWG : Conference Abstract
Conference Abstract
Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) now with more than 1/3 billion species occurrences
expand article infoAnnie Simpson, Elizabeth Martín§
‡ US Geological Survey, Reston, United States of America
§ U.S. Geological Survey, Gainesville, FL, United States of America
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Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) is a web-based resource ( for finding and accessing occurrence records of species found in the United States (US), its Territories and marine Exclusive Economic Zones. BISON serves as a data aggregator that compiles and standardizes species occurrence data from multiple data providers, and now contains more than 1/3 billion species occurrences. BISON uses the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) to standardize species names in searches. It is also the US hub of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and obtains much of its data from that resource. BISON also enables access to numerous federal datasets such as the US Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis and the US Geological Survey's Bird Banding Lab. BISON accepts all US species occurrence datasets that are Darwin Core-compatible, but especially seeks to mobilize pollinator and invasive species occurrence datasets. Data from BISON can also be accessed via various map services, and the US National Parks Service's Species Checklists application is currently available in a development environment as an example of use of BISON web services.


species occurrences, species database, species lists

Presenting author

Annie Simpson

Presented at

TDWG 2017: Poster Session


Elizabeth Martín is the senior author but cannot attend the meeting so Annie Simpson submitted the abstract and is the corresponding author. The authors would like to acknowledge the U.S. Geological Survey's Core Science Analytics Synthesis and Libraries Program.

Funding program

United States Geological Survey

Hosting institution

United States Geological Survey

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