natural history museums
A new approach
optimize rapid data entry and digitization process customization per department/project/user in minutes
access both from win and web apps
bar code label designer
built-in desktop GIS
field data integrates with molecular lab Let curators do their job as they see it
PCR and sequencing runs
barcode label printing Simple lab module integrated with collections
create and design forms with few clicks apply changes at any level
customize windows and web UI separately
re-generate documentation with new screenshots
change UI on the fly across all users
Full data entry capabilities on both platforms
choice of 13 standard engines, incl. MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL
table, record and field level permission control
public access via permission defined role
powerful export/import options
dashboards and reports on both platforms
desktop client application
Windows client application is able to connect to local or remote database server, directly or through EarthCape Application Server
web server application
Web client provides browser based access with most of the functionality retained and all data types can be not only browsed but also edited.
Database proxy service application.
multiple database back-end support
MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle, SQLite and 9 other database servers are supported (read more).
role based security and fine-grained permissions
Multi user access is managed via role based permissions.
Data type, record and field level permission control can be configured. Read more in documentation.
extensive data model
Highly detailed database structure covers all aspects of biodiversity research. Customizable and extensible by end-users. Read more in documentation.
collections & observations
sample tracking and observation database
All data related to collections and observations can be organized in a common database.
Collections data can be mapped within EarthCape GIS module and exported to all vector formats (incl. Google Earth). Read more.
searching, filtering, sorting, and grouping
Extensive tools for searching, grouping and filtering the data are available. Read more.
storage and loan management
Museum management functionality includes loan management, specimen storage, and label/form printing.
Dedicated specimen accessioning coupled with staff and task management systems
stocktaking tasks and reports
Full geometry information (polygon, line or point) can be stored with each record and used when mapping the data in GIS viewer.
paper based outputs
Label designer with barcode support (24 types of 1 and 2D barcodes) can be effectively used to design and share label templates between researchers.
Create a detailed database of synonyms. Check names validity against existing name services.
Link taxonomic treatments to literature references.
Taxon based reporting, distribution map creation and statistics features are available.
Detailed reference records can be linked with other parts of the database. Literature module can be used to conduct rigorous taxonomic work, e.g. taxonomic revision.
geographic information system
Map and GPS assisted recording can facilitate field work.
export/import of vector files
EarthCape biodiversity data can be exported to any vector format (SHP, MIF, KML, etc.). Locality and unit records can be automatically created from existing vector files incl GPX.
vector and raster layer support
Map projects can combine layers of any GIS raster or vector formats from external files and services (WMS, WMTS).
design printed outputs
From labels to full laboratory notebook contents.
Other functionality includes mail merge, master-detail reports, table and multi-column reports, cross-tab and charted reports, print preview, document map and more.
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