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Data Use Agreement

Adapted from the Data Use Agreement of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Background

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) is committed to providing free and open access to primary species occurrence data. Data currently available through BISON are contributed by U.S. Federal and State agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations, either directly to BISON or indirectly through their participation in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). GBIF Participants who have signed the GBIF Memorandum of Understanding have expressed their willingness to make biodiversity data available through their nodes to foster scientific research development internationally and to support the public use of these data. GBIF data sharing should take place within a framework of due attribution. Therefore, using data available through BISON requires agreement with the following:


1. Data Use Agreements
  1. The quality and completeness of data cannot be guaranteed. Users employ these data at their own risk.
  2. Users shall respect restrictions of access to sensitive data.
  3. In order to make attribution of use for owners of the data possible, the identifier of ownership of data must be retained with every data record.
  4. Users must publicly acknowledge, in conjunction with the use of the data, the data publishers whose biodiversity data they have used. Data publishers may require additional attribution of specific collections within their institution.
  5. Users must comply with additional terms and conditions of use set by the data publisher. Where these exist they will be available through the metadata associated with the data.
2. Citing Data

Use the following format to cite data retrieved from BISON:

[Data Provider or owner name]. [Resource or Dataset Name] published by [Data Provider Name, address or affiliation(s)] (Accessed through Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON), https://bison.usgs.gov, YYYY-MM-DD)

For example:

Field Museum of Natural History. U.S. Bird Occurrences published by Field Museum of Natural History, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of Washington Burke Museum, and University of Turku (Accessed through Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON), https://bison.usgs.gov, 2014-02-22)

Or

Gordon, J. U.S. Bird Occurrences published by Field Museum of Natural History, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of Washington Burke Museum, and University of Turku (Accessed through Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON), https://bison.usgs.gov, 2014-02-22)