Hello GIS Community,
Novice to biodiversity data, does ESRI have any toolboxes for automating the searching through and displaying USGS BISON database data? Your suggestions and insight are welcomed and appreciated.
bison are just data... does the site provide files for download and if so, in what format. and if they do, the answer would be yes
Good Morning Professor Patterson,
USGS BISON has both an interactive web site to retrieve data as well as an web-based application programming interface (API). Have you or anyone on your staff worked with such in combination with Arc?
Thank you for your time, appreciate your insight.
I haven't used the bison data specifically, but other USGS data that I have used that had an interactive web site to retrieve data had very specific workflows required to retrieve the data. It was a matter of very carefully reading through all the documentation and following the instructions. There weren't any workarounds; you had to use their website, their apps, and use their workflow. After you got it all downloaded, then you can export it out and parse it to be like any other data. Since the USGS likes to be comprehensive, their data is not simple. So, expect it to take a little effort.
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