What is OpenBioMaps?
OpenBioMaps is a software and services platform for managing biological data. It can be used standalone or as a service. It can be used to create database-based projects that can be used simultaneously by multiple users with different devices and access privilege levels. If you do not wish to maintain your own server, you can use it as a service, as some institutions also operate servers on which research or citizen science projects can run for free.
How to create a new database?
New databases can be created to store and manage any biological data, including spatial information. This can be a database in daily use for a scientific project, a database for archival purposes, a database created for a scientific article or a database created for a call for proposals.
A new database project can be created by any registered user.
How to upload data?
The project owner of the created databases can define who can load data into the database. The data can be uploaded directly to the database, or can be uploaded using custom defined data upload templates, e.g. from gpx or excel files. Each database has a unique data upload interface.
How does OpenBioMaps store the data?
PostgreSQL database and file system
How to register in a database?
An invitation is required to register. All registered users can invite anyone they like.
Is there a programming interface for development?
Yes, with the Project Data Service (PDS), projects and user data can be retrieved from the databases on a project-by-project basis, depending on the rights.
Which languages are supported?
Is it compatible with other systems?
The web portal and the map and database services are both interoperable, and the focus is on using different standard solutions to support a wide range of compatibility.
How can I contribute to OpenBioMaps?
- Sharing and Publishing data
- Setting up and managing databases
- Hosting and donating database servers
- Language translations
Do I have to pay for anything?
All OpenBioMaps services are completely free!
Where does OpenBioMaps store the data?