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BRAHMS (software updated to v7.9.3 on 24 February 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 ...

March 2017: BRAHMS software progresses towards v8

A milestone has been reached with the first release of an entirely new generation of the botanical data management system known as BRAHMS. The alpha release, published today, 22 March, takes advantage of the latest data management technologies, creating new opportunities for curation and research for projects running in over 80 countries. For more information, refer to our preliminary guide at http://herbaria.plants.ox.ac.uk/bol/Content/Software/v8/BRAHMSv8alpha.pdf . If you are interested in evaluating v8, please contact the BRAHMS project.