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National biological information infrastructure: accessing data on a country’s living capital
Hermann, T.; Cotter, G.; Lahr, T.; Hill, J. (2009). National biological information infrastructure: accessing data on a country’s living capital, in: The 6th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2009), Hanoi, Vietnam, 9 - 12 November 2009. pp. 311-315
In: (2009). The 6th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2009), Hanoi, Vietnam, 9 - 12 November 2009. ICITA: Hanoi. ISBN 978-981-08-3029-8. , more

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Document type: Conference paper

Author keywords
    Biology, Bioinformatics, Biological

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  • Hermann, T.
  • Cotter, G.
  • Lahr, T.
  • Hill, J.

Abstract
    Biological resources, from the genetic information within organisms to the life-sustaining services provided by ecosystems, are vital to human well-being, including the economy [1]. In order for researchers, natural resource managers, decision makers, and citizens to understand these resources and maintain them, it is important that the capacity exists for accessing, sharing, integrating, and utilizing pertinent data and information. The mission of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) Biological Informatics Office Program is to create the informatics framework ( through development and implementation of the National Biological Information Infrastructure [NBII]) to provide the scientific content and develop the pubic and private partnerships needed for understanding and stewardship of the Natio?s biological resources. This paper describes the goals, components, associated bioinformatics technologies, services, partnerships, scientific and operational applications, and future direction of the NBII.

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