Informatics The Department of Informatics is a multidisciplinary unit of biologists and software engineers which develops and supports software for biological collections research.
We collaborate with scientists in museums, herbaria and biodiversity centers around the world to build cyberinfrastructure to mobilize and apply data from biological specimens amassed from over 400 years of species discovery and documentation.
Specify is a software database platform for museum and herbarium research data. It manages species voucher information for: computerizing and curating collections, tracking specimen transactions, linking images to specimen records, and for publishing species occurrence data to the Internet. Specify is written in Java, runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux computers and uses MySQL as its data engine. Specify, Java, and MySQL are free and open-source licensed.