Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata, Part 1: Biological Data Profile

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USGS Center for Biological Informatics


The purpose of this standard is to provide a user-defined or theme-specific profile of the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata to increase its utility for documenting biological resources data and information. This standard supports increased access to and use of biological data among users on a national (and international) basis. It also helps to broaden the understanding and implementation of the FGDC metadata content standard within the biological resources community. This standard also serves as the metadata content standard for the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII).


This standard can be used to specify metadata content for the full range of biological resources data and information. This includes biological data which are explicitly geospatial in nature, as well as data which are not explicitly geospatial (such as data resulting from laboratory-based research). This also includes "information" categories, such as research reports, field notes or specimen collections.

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FGDC Biological Data Working Group: inactive

Project history

Document Version Date Custodian 
 Proposal   1997-02-19 FGDC Standards Working Group
 Public review draft
  1998-07 FGDC Secretariat
 Final draft
 2.0 1999-06 
FGDC  Standards Working Group
 FGDC-endorsed standard
  1999-10 FGDC Steering Committee