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Museum curation


Museum databases involve bulk data and image capture, creating lists and labels, updating annotations, managing transactions such as loans and exchanges. BRAHMS encourages the use of these data to catalyse research initiatives.

BRAHMS v8 has been developed to store all categories of natural history collection. Above family, taxa levels including Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order and Suborder are provided as standard higher classification fields. However, depending on the collections you are managing, you can define as many new taxonomic ranks as required, both above and below family level (superfamily, subfamily, tribe, subtribe, etc.).

Key features

  • Manage any-scale collections. The largest single database has over 5 million specimen records. Networked access allows multiple users to add and edit data simultaneously.
  • Store data for any registered category of preserved specimen, boxes, sheets, spirit material, DNA samples, xylarium, etc. Store one to many physical specimens per collection event.
  • Add project specific fields to your database structure if these are not included by default.
  • Each specimen may have one to many determinations, an accession number and/or barcode, type status and specimen level notes.
  • Link images to specimens (physical image files or media library URLs).
  • Design reporting templates for lists, loan forms, labels and determination slips.
  • Optimize specimen data capture using the Rapid Data Entry module.
  • Map geo-referenced collections to show distribution by species or any other queried dataset. Use the map editor to locate and update map references.
  • Import specimen data donated from other databases and websites.
  • Use specimen data to develop checklists and analyse diversity for differently scaled areas.
  • Publish specimen details with images online.

BRAHMS v8 has been developed to store all categories of natural history collection.