USGS-NPS Vegetation Characterization Program, Core Science Analytics and Synthesis, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
Data Center Description
The Center for Biological Informatics, found on http://biology.usgs.gov/cbi/ serves as the operating agent for the National Biological Information Infrastructure. CBI manages the NBII search engine and develops and provides standards and procedures for acquiring, managing, and sharing biological information. CBI manages national data collection programs that complement and strengthen its role within the NBII.
Informatics as defined by the President Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology is research on the development of, and use of technological, sociological, and organizational tools and approaches for the dynamic acquisition, indexing, dissemination, storage, querying, retrieval, visualization, integration, analysis, synthesis.
The term biological informatics, refers to the development and use of computer, statistical, and other tools in the collection, organization, dissemination, and use of information to solve problems in the life sciences.