Data Basin

Posted on: 6/12/2010 - Updated on: 11/25/2022

Posted by

Jennie Hoffman


Data Basin is a science-based mapping and analysis platform that supports learning, research, and sustainable environmental stewardship.

As environmental conservation problems become more serious and the demand to solve them grows more urgent, it is critical that science, practice, policy, and people are integrated in stronger ways. A team of scientists, software engineers, and educators at the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) built Data Basin with the strong conviction that we can expand our individual and collective ability to develop sustainable solutions by empowering more people through access to spatial data, non-technical tools, and collaborative networks.

The core of Data Basin is free and provides open access to thousands of scientifically-grounded, biological, physical, and socio-economic datasets. This user-friendly platform enables people with varying levels of technical expertise to:

  • Explore and organize data & information
  • Create custom visualizations, drawings, & analyses
  • Utilize collaborative tools in groups
  • Publish datasets, maps, & galleries
  • Develop decision-support and custom tools


Data Basin supports researchers, natural resource managers, advocates, teachers, students, and members of the engaged public. Members create and participate in working groups where they can visualize, draw, comment, and discuss relevant topics or geographies. Data Basin breaks down barriers to collaboration and negotiation for users affiliated with universities, non-profits, tribes, companies, and local, state, federal, and national governments.


Tosha Comendant

Managing Organizations

The Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) provides scientific expertise to support the conservation and recovery of biological diversity in its natural state through applied research, education, planning, and community service. We utilize GIS and remote sensing data to conduct assessments and planning in support of conservation projects globally.