[Taxacom] Software for curating taxonomic/biological/specimen information

John Bruner jbruner at ualberta.ca
Fri Dec 2 12:36:42 CST 2016

In answer to Mike Sadka's question, here is an email I received from Robert
H. Robins, the Collection Manager of Ichthyology of the Florida Museum of
Natural History at Gainesville about 2 years ago.

Hi John,

Yes, we use Specify, the NSF supported software. We made the conversion
from Microsoft Access in February of this year and I find it outstanding.

If you can digitize it, you can have it in your database with Specify. I
now link Collection Objects to images, reference works, and maps.

View our Specify web portal here:


Best thing to happen to my workflow/the collection since I began working
here 18 years ago.

All collections data at the Florida Museum (*40 million collection objects*)
are being migrated to Specify. Complete so far are Fishes, Herps, Mammals,
and Invertebrate Paleontology.

Here’s more on Specify; I’ve also taken the liberty of copying the Director
of the Specify initiative, Jim Beach:


And yes, it is free.

(Oh and one last thing – there’s a weekly live on-line tutorial – in fact,
it is going on as we speak!).


Robert H. Robins

Senior Biologist/Collection Manager

Division of Ichthyology

Florida Museum of Natural History

1659 Museum Road

PO Box 117800

Gainesville, FL 32611-7800

Office: (352) 273-1957

Fax: (352) 846-0287

rhrobins at flmnh.ufl.edu




On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 10:27 AM, Nico Franz <nico.franz at asu.edu> wrote:

> We can help set up arthropod collections here:
> http://symbiota4.acis.ufl.edu/scan/portal/collections/index.php for a try
> out. E-mail me. Cheers, Nico
> Beyond SCAN, this list of portals
> http://symbiota.org/docs/symbiota-introduction/active-symbiota-projects/
> is
> no longer exhaustive but we have a pretty good idea of what's out there.
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