Multi-Taxa Database Data Dictionary

Techniques and Methods 16-B1
Prepared in cooperation with San Diego Association of Governments (SanDAG)
By: , and 



The conservation of biological resources relies on the successful management of ecological and physiological research data. The Western Ecological Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey is working with researchers, land managers, and decision makers from non-government organizations and city, county, state, and federal resource agencies to develop data management methods. Access to the most current and applicable research data available in making sound decisions to conserve species diversity is foundational. We sought to accomplish several goals in developing the data management strategy used in the Multi-Taxa database. Data persistence and availability are primary goals of well-developed databases. By documenting and sharing the structure and definitions of Multi-Taxa database, we hope to further the successful management of these crucial data. 

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Watson, E., Rochester, C.J., Brown, C.W., Holmes, D.A., Hathaway, S.A., and Fisher, R.N., 2021, Multi-taxa database data dictionary: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 16–B1, 149 p.,

ISSN: 2328-7055 (online)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Multi-taxa database data dictionary
Series title Techniques and Methods
Series number 16-B1
DOI 10.3133/tm16B1
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) California Water Science Center, Western Ecological Research Center
Description Report: xvi, 149 p., 5 Appendixes; 3 Datasets
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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