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Species and ecosystem Subnational data developed by our provincial and territorial Conservation Data Centres (CDCs) is aggregated and reconciled by NatureServe and NatureServe Canada and informs the development of our National and Global data. This multi-jurisdiction dataset is kept current, accurate and standardized throughout the NatureServe Network via data exchanges between the Central Biotics database and the CDC databases.

A key mandate of CDCs and NatureServe Canada is to distribute our biodiversity information to decision-makers, researchers and the public. Please refer to Data Requests and Data Sharing below for instructions on submitting data requests or submitting data to the CDCs and/or to NatureServe Canada.

Data Requests

To request biodiversity data from one of NatureServe Canada’s provincial or territorial Conservation Data Centres (CDC) please contact the relevant CDC using the links provided in the About Our CDCs section below.

To request data from multiple provinces or territories, contact NatureServe Canada and we will work with you and the relevant CDCs to standardize and facilitate your request.

Biotics Data Fields

The NatureServe Network has developed a spatial and tabular data management system called Biotics.

Data exchanges between CDC instances of Biotics and the NatureServe Central Biotics instance take place regularly in order to ensure that information such as species lists, taxonomy and status assesments at the Subnational, National and Global levels are the same in all of our members databases.

When you submit a data request to NatureServe Canada, or to a CDC who has adopted Biotics, it will be helpful for you to understand the Biotics data fields. This will ensure that the data you request/receive will include the fields that you require. With this in mind, NatureServe Canada has developed the Biotics Data Dictionary.

Before submitting your request to a CDC or to NatureServe Canada we encourage you to review the dictionnary and to contact NatureServe Canada if you have any questions.

Data Sharing

We encourage all biodiversity data holders to contribute their species and ecosystem data to NatureServe Canada and our network of provincial and territorial Conservation Data Centres (CDCs). By doing so you will contribute to Canada’s publicly managed knowledge base regarding the location and status of Canada’s rare and threatened biodiversity, thus ensuring that your biodiversity information will inform biodiversity science and conservation decision-making.

NatureServe Canada works with its member CDCs to ensure that our biodiversity data is managed and distributed responsibly, according to provincial, territorial and federal policies and procedures.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss developing a national data license or data sharing agreement to enable the two-way flow of biodiversity information between your organization and the NatureServe Canada Network of CDCs.

EBAR Range Mapping

NatureServe Canada’s Ecosystem-based automated range maps (EBAR) initiative is developing publicly accessible range maps for priority species. The objectives of the project are to develop national range maps that:

Ranges are available in PDF format or as a geospatial data package with associated metadata. We will continue to update the list of available EBAR maps as they are completed.