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Ocean Biogeographic Information System USA

Contributing Data


The scope of OBIS-USA data include all available marine species data from USA sources (programs, institutions, and people) and U.S. Waters, as well as data of special interest to USA researchers, for example from polar expeditions and other remote areas. The USGS OBIS-USA portal brings data together for USA waters and research programs, ensuring consistency, quality, and usability.

Data are accepted into OBIS-USA from the original developer or the current holder of the data. Contributors of data are associated with the original collection or survey and agree to serve data from their collections. Data made available through OBIS-USA are in the "Public Domain". This means they are owned and distributed by the USA public and in the public interest. Others may use these data, and may incorporate them into products for sale or cost recovery.

Authority and responsibility for original data reside with the source and data originator or current holder. The preparation of data requires conforming to the OBIS data schema, which is a modification of the Darwin Core 2 data standard. Additional metadata and documentation of the context of data are important as well. Work establishing a data source involves data and metadata preparation, data transfer, quality control, review, and incremental updates as new records are added by the contributor. Potential data contributors should contact OBIS-USA (obis-usa (at) usgs (dot) gov).

OBIS-USA Marine BioGeography (MBG) Journal (MS Word, 134 KB) to be filled out by the data providers.

MBG Terminology Definitions