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BRAHMS (software updated to v7.9.8 on 26 Septemmber 2017) provides an integrated management system for herbaria, botanic gardens, seed banks and botanical survey as well as those undertaking floristic or taxonomic research. The BRAHMS project is an integral part of the research programme at Oxford to study and document plant diversity.

  • Rapid Data Entry (RDE) optimises data and image capture, verifying data on entry.
  • Querying with almost limitless flexibility.
  • Sort, calculate, analyse and chart data based on single or multiple column selections.
  • Format names, literature and other data for journal specific reporting.
  • Design smart report templates using the graphic designer or the HTML formatter.
  • Print reports directly from BRAHMS or send as text to documents.
  • Map directly to Google Earth, ArcGIS, Diva or in fact any GIS you want.
  • Calculate and map plant richness and bio-quality at any scale.
  • Select and export data to XML, CSV, Excel, Access, TXT and others.
  • Exchange data using Darwin Core, Symbiota, API/LAPI.
  • Design websites directly from BRAHMS using the WebConnect module.
  • Upload data and images to your website(s) with data restriction themes.
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Creating personal, institutional, national and regional data networks for research and curation with millions of data records and images, actively working in over 80 countries.


Project examples

  • National Herbarium, Netherlands with over 5 million imaged specimens
  • The herbaria of the Brazil Amazonian region
  • The Morton Arboretum linking botanic garden and herbarium
  • An e-Monograph of the Caricaceae
  • The Millennium Seed Bank, RBG Kew, the world's largest seed bank
  • A regional botanical network in South Africa
  • Conifers of the World, an online resource leading to multiple publications

Check out more projects and their websites ...

June 2017: Query your database online using mobile friendly forms

A form designer with new data display options capable of running on smart phones has been added to BRAHMS online. Once logged in to your website and with the form designer opened (option listed under your login options), you can set up one or more forms for the listed data categories (taxa, specimens, living collections, seed), choosing the form fields to include. The fields can be set to search on 'starts with', 'exact match', 'contains' and 'numeric ranges' - as appropriate. The form designer has a test facility within the designer itself. However, the idea is that you then copy the generated HTML code to a new page on your website and here, edit/refine the code to alter form appearance. .