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BRAHMS provides a scalable management system for preserved and living natural history collections as well as those undertaking floristic or taxonomic research. It's based on almost 30 years of database development and implementation. The BRAHMS project is part of the wider research programme at the University of Oxford to study and document biodiversity.

Selectively enable and integrate specialised modules for museum collections, botanic gardens, seed banks, surveys, taxonomy, literature and images. Boost the research and curation potential of your data both off and online, using powerful tools that manage, explore, analyse, map and report data and images. BRAHMS is scalable from individual research to enterprise level systems with millions of records.

Explore some v8 features and check out some video clips.


Version 8 is now available for licensing. To trial the complete v8 system with demonstration data and Quick Start guide, please contact Oxford University Innovation at brahms@innovation.ox.ac.uk or go directly to the BRAHMS evaluation sign up page. For full licensing details and costings, please refer to the OUI Software Store page.

Version 7 was updated to v7.9.11 on 21 August 2018. v7 continues to be maintained and is available on https://herbaria.plants.ox.ac.uk/bol/brahms/softwarev7.


  • Manage collections of any size using an integrated suite of desktop modules, publishing online as needed.
  • Develop personal or enterprise scale projects, storing data on portable memory sticks or high capacity servers.
  • Optimise data and image capture using the Rapid Data Entry module with versatile links to Excel and other formats.
  • Access data using smart spreadsheets and forms with intuitive toolbars. Open and dock multiple tables simultaneously.
  • Seamlessly extend your database structure with custom fields.
  • Develop the taxonomy core with nomenclature, descriptions, common names, conservation codes and more ...
  • Add any category of physical specimen to collection events including material duplicated to multiple institutions.
  • Link image files, media library URLs, PDFs, sound archives and other documents to any record in your database.
  • Design complex queries, multi-column sorts and tree view hierarchies to explore and report from your database.
  • Map geo-referenced preserved and living collections using the in-built ArcGIS or link to your preferred GIS.
  • Fully international, BRAHMS stores data in any character set with a UI that can be translated into any language.