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.

BRAHMS - Botanical Research and Herbarium Managment System

The BRAHMS management system is design specifically for botanical collections, it includes a broad range of help and support documentation and even resources for online training. There are functions for outputting reports in a variety of customizable templates. It includes a system for generating distribution summaries and diversity indicators to different geographic scales. It also supports Publishing data online with an updating service and provides the option to join your database with online groups of research projects or regional herbaria. The online publishing is accomplished with a seconds software package found on their web site.

Biota - The Biodiversity Database manager

Biota 2 is a second generation Collection Management system succeeding Biota 1. It has several exemplary features including a versatile help system and very flexible support for non-compliant data formats. It supports images in the collection system allowing for 10 different leading image formats and an unlimited number of images linked to any one specimen, further allowing the images to be displayed as thumbnails to be opened at full size with zoom capabilities. It also offers an optional web hosting platform that allows institutions to host their collections online for web visitors to browse through. The web hosting is provided at an additional cost.


The Diversity Mobile Wiki is a platform for information networks in the context of DiversityMobile (for mobile devices and smartphones), the Diversity Workbench and the DaltOn framework. Currently it is focused on a DFG-funded project "Setting up an Information Network on Biological Research Data gained in the Field up to the Sustainable Storage in a Primary Data Repository (I-B-F)".


DiversityNavigator is a rich-client application for viewing, editing, and analyzing data. DiversityNavigator is written in java and can access both local and server based databases. It is compatible to a variety of database engines.

Diversity Workbench

The Diversity Workbench is work in progress, aiming at developing a set of information models and application components that collaborate through agreed software interfaces. That is, each component of the Workbench applications uses services from other applications, but at the same time does not need to know about the internal design and implementation of them (encapsulation principle). The goal is increased reuse and collaboration across project and national borders.


Biodiverse is a tool for the spatial analysis of diversity using indices based on taxonomic, phylogenetic and matrix-based (e.g. genetic distance) relationships, as well as related environmental and temporal variations. Biodiverse supports four processes: (1) linked visualisation of data distributions in geographic, taxonomic, phylogenetic and matrix spaces; (2) spatial moving window analyses including richness, endemism, phylogenetic diversity and beta diversity; (3) spatially constrained agglomerative cluster analyses; and (4) randomisations for hypothesis testing. Biodiverse is open-source and supports user developed extensions.

Lucid3 - On-Line Player

The Online Player joins the other two Player options for Lucid3 keys – the Lucid3 Application Player and the Lucid3 Applet – to provide a great service to our clients and your end-users.

Walking with woodlice

This simple key targeted at primary school pupils helps identifying woodlice most likely found in the UK. It uses special typeface and simple language in order to be appealing to this age group.

The British bumblebee identification guide

This British bumblebee identification guide is an easy-to-use key designed to help you identify bumblebees by looking at the insects' colour patterns. It is available as Flash and HTML version.

World Biodiversity Database

The World Biodiversity Database currently consists of 21 separate projects. All projects (except the cranefly database) were generated using the Web Publisher facility of ETI's Linnaeus II software. Click a project title for more information.

Dryades (Italian branch of the European Project KeyToNature)

Dryades is the Italian branch of the European Project KeyToNature. The website of Dryades gives access to interactive guides for the identification of plants, fungi and animals, to iconographical archives, and to databases on the biodiversity of Italy. A special section is dedicated to products specifically designed for schools. Identification tools are available in 10 languages.

Some of the projects available on the website are public and some are not.


TOLKIN is an on-line research tool to be shared among several laboratories working remotely. It is an information management and analytical web application to provide informatics support for phylodiversity and biodiversity research projects. As a web-based application, TOLKIN is able to support collaborative projects by providing shared access to a variety of data on voucher specimens, taxonomy, bibliography, morphology, DNA samples and sequences.


CiteULike is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so there's no need to install any software. Because your library is stored on the server, you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection.



MEKA is an interactive Multiple-Entry Key Algorithm to enable rapid identification of biological specimens. Earlier versions of the program used a command-line interface. The version offered here is the first version developed to run under Windows. MEKA is controlled by mouse clicks; no text is entered. This approach allows very rapid access to program functions.


Uses a point-to-point similarity metric (Gower metric) to assign a classification value to a potential site based on its proximity in environmental space to the most similar positive occurrence location. Similarity between the site of interest and each of recorded present occurrence location is calculated by summing the standardized distance between the two points for each predictor variable. The standardization is achieved by dividing the distance by the predictor variable range for the presence sites, equalizing the contribution from each predictor variable. The standardized distance is subtracted from 1 to obtain the complementary similarity.


BIOCLIM utilizes a boxcar environmental envelope algorithm to identify locations that have environmental conditions that fall within the environmental range recorded for present occurrences. Specifically the minimum and maximum values for each environmental predictor are identified to define the multidimensional environmental box where the element is known to occur. Study area sites that hale environmental conditions within the boundaries of the multidimensional box are predicted as potential sites of occupancy. Uses presence occurrence data only.

Software available with DIVA GIS.


JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format. JabRef runs on the Java VM (version 1.4.2 or greater), and should work equally well on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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