Updated July 2016

Developing websites with BRAHMS online (BOL)

BRAHMS online allows you to design websites and manage your data and images online for curation and/or research use. Websites can be created for herbaria; botanic gardens; seed banks; taxonomic groups; geographic areas; images, paintings and illustrations; or any combination of these. Specialist websites can also be created. Examples are websites for historical collections or all collections of a particular collector.

BOL - key features

  • Connect to BOL on the BRAHMS project server or install the entire BOL system on your own server with automatic system updates. Edit websites as well as upload and update your data directly from your desktop BRAHMS v7/8.
  • Complete control over webpage design: The Bootstrap framework is included for responsive design creators and all CSS styling can be customised for each website project. Websites can make use of JavaScript including frameworks such as jQuery. Switch website publish status to 'hidden' while in development.
  • Ability to link one to many databases to a single portal. Apply virtual themes to portals using taxonomic and/or geographic parameters.
  • Publish taxa with full nomenclature details, descriptions, conservation status and other facts; collection events and herbarium specimens; botanic garden accessions and plants; seed bank accessions; survey plots and their data; herbarium transactions such as loans; and any category of image including specimens, plants, illustrations and paintings.
  • Images can be linked to any uploaded data category. Image display in resizable thumbs, filtered to current query with options to display in Zoomify format or download with maximum resolution. Add your own copyright messages for images.
  • Upload restrict options using restriction themes fine-tuned to the individual record level. Fuzzy data for protected taxa. Optional log in control to restrict access on data sensitive sites to registered members. Optionally disable all data downloads.
  • Advanced data grids with tools to sort, filter, calculate and report data. Full administrative control over default column visibility and column order as well as column header text.
  • Features to build and manage online queries. Fast search options can be added for any field. A wide range of searches can be constructed using URL parameters and, optionally, results can be returned as XML or JSON for integration into custom result displays.
  • An extensive toolkit of mapping functions for collection points, survey plots and garden plants, configurable to select base maps, clustering, richness analysis parameters. Ability to register KML/KMZ files or URLs and selectively enable on your maps.
  • The ability to design reports using Knockout templates linking to any uploaded data object.
  • Dynamic links to JSTOR, The Plant List, IPNI and many other websites.
  • Facilities to publish herbarium transactions online with images. Determinations can be added and returned as an Excel spreadsheet attached to an email message.
  • Automated nightly backups with the last 7 days maintained on a backup cycle.
  • Complete logging of site visits and query parameters used.

Sample screens


Entire floras can be published online


e-monographs can include all taxonomic detail including links to genbank


Websites can be published with different language pages


Develop your own online menu system to organise topics


Design websites to promote your research activites as well as publish your data


Publishing online can attract media attention


Use advanced grid features to filter, summarise and chart data


Create specialized websites for illustrations or paintings


Design online reports using Knockout templates with images and save to PDF function


Reports are dynamically updated as your move through the species list or advanced grid


Publish plot data with calculated plot summaries


Displaying map points indicating red list status. This example uses 'Manage filters' to selectively enable VU and EN categories


Another red list display example using conifer collections on west coast North America


Displaying map points indicating whether points have been verified


Calculate and display species richness using selected grid cell size


Zoom in to map botanic garden plants with accession details and images


Filtering on Quercus alba in botanic garden with data grid and map


Online floras – making heavy use of imagery


Displaying images in BRAHMS online using the Zegami link