Collection Managment

Corema - Collection and Research Management


Corema is a flexible and fully featured software package for all types of biological collections. The system can be used by institutions, societies and private collections such as natural history museums, herbaria and zoological gardens.



Collection Space



Omeka is an open-source collection management tools with a much more open approach. It is designed to allow the collection to be easily navigated while being hosted on the Internet. There is a large user community and many modules to be added. While it was not created with taxonomy in mind, it would be easy to adapt for any taxonomic needs.





BioOffice features an integrated database and geographic information system, options for (spatial) data query and analysis, individual configuration, and easy data exchange between users.


Earth Cape



Bauble is a software application to help manage a collection of botanical specimens. It is intended to be used by botanic gardens, herbaria, arboreta, etc. It can use different database backends and is tested against SQLite and PostgreSQL. It can generate reports through an XSL formatter backend. There is no fancy report designer but there is an interface that allows you to pass the results of a search through an XSL formatter. This allows you to layout your data any way you wish and save it in many formats including PDF, XML, or HTML. Users can tag any arbitrary data stored in a Bauble managed database with arbitrary names. This way you can create collections of records organized the way you want with names you give them.


PaleoTax is a database management system to record taxonomic, geographic and stratigraphic data in biology and palaeontology and dedicated to taxonomists. It allows users to give a complete overview on the literature, taxa, localities, stratigraphy, material etc. of one field of research (as a family, an order or a phylum). Instead taking data from the literature, sample data or field observations can be recorded. Recorded data can be assessed or exported as RTF or HTML document.


Mantis is a biological database manager that features the ability to store taxonomic and specimen data, images and sounds, and it has built in managers of citations, specimen loans, and addresses. It has been designed by a practising taxonomist, for taxonomists. It is also a tool for conservationists who want to keep tract of species distribution or create simple identification tools. The emphasis of its design is on quick data entry and painless exploration of data. Mantis has a number of tools that facilitate species description, generation of taxonomic catalogues, or mapping of species distribution.

Specify 6

Specify is a research software application, database, and network interface for biological collections information. It manages specimen data such as descriptions of collecting locations, participants and determination histories as well as information about collections transactions such as loans, exchanges, accessions and gifts. Version 6 includes a much more user friendly interface. It supports multiple user connections to MySQL or a local connection to it's own internal database system. The reporting tools are also very flexible and well represented.

Recorder 6

Recorder 6 is a powerful, standards based tool for collection and management of biological records. It includes data entry, reporting and distribution mapping functionality. The NBN (National Biodiversity Network) data model used is well documented, open and accessible. Recorder 6 is designed to be a flexible tool. It can collate records coming from many different sources. Once records are held within a copy of Recorder 6 they can be edited, shared and managed, whilst, retaining a transparent link back to their original identity.


This collection management software is made for botanical collections. It comes with a user friendly interface and many strong features. It has a long history of many stable version releases, adding new features steadily. It has an integrated system using Microsoft word for designing labels with or without bar-codes. It has an option to export data to Internet friendly formats including ASP web pages, TSA, REMIB, and Darwin Core version 2. It allows for management of loans and requests, and includes a geo-referencing system.

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