US launches new biodiversity data system

The BISON system from USGS serves more than 100 million records, mostly from institutions publishing datasets through GBIF.

The institution hosting the GBIF national node for the United States has launched a new web portal offering access to more than 100 million records of nearly every species occurring in the country.

The Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) system has been set up by the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Much of the data included in the BISON portal and associated web services comes from institutions publishing datasets through the GBIF global network.

The website includes interactive maps that enable users to visualize species occurrence records alongside more than 50 additional map layers of environmental information.

A full news release about the BISON project can be found here...