EarthCape has been absolutely indispensable for the smooth running of the long-term project on the Glanville fritillary butterfly
EarthCape was the only platform I could find that could handle the diversity of data we collect at SAFE

EarthCape booklet

September 26th, 2013|Comments Off on EarthCape booklet

Please welcome our latest version of EarthCape booklet (original PDF):




Trial setup on-site

March 22nd, 2013|Comments Off on Trial setup on-site

We have just spent two very productive days with Bank Beszteri at his office in Bremerhaven downtown at the The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research.

Main purpose of the visit was to figure out how well EarthCape fits their needs for the collection of diatoms of the Friedrich Hustedt Study Centre for Diatoms – “one of the largest diatom collections in the world. Current database goes back more than 50 years and contains 100K+ records of accessions, microscopic slides and identified specimens (including 2000+ types). After spending good part of the day […]

Meet us at INTECOL 2013 in August (18-23)

February 7th, 2013|Comments Off on Meet us at INTECOL 2013 in August (18-23)


Come August and we will be in London for INTECOL 2013 congress both as a sponsor and as an exhibitor. The congress itself is a massive event with a theme of “advancing ecology and making it count, and will present world class ecological science that will truly move the science forward”. You can find us at C4 booth where you will have a chance to talk to our staff about our products, services and plans for the future.

We’re planning to have software demos on site, so make sure […]

unique platform

  • Desktop client application
    Windows client application is able to connect to local or remote database server, directly or through Earthcape App Server.
  • Web server portal application
    Web client provides browser based access with most of the functionality retained and all data types can be not only browsed but also edited.
  • Multiple database back-end support
    MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle, SQLite and 9 other database servers are supported.
  • Role based security
    Multi user access is managed via role based permissions.
  • Fine grained permissions
    Data type, record and field level permission control can be configured.
  • Extensive data model
    Highly detailed database structure covers all aspects of biodiversity research. Also allows for recording of custom parameters.
  • Modular architecture
    System administrators can configure which modules are loaded both for desktop and web clients.

collections, samples, observations

  • Automatic mapping
    Collections data can be mapped within Earthcape GIS module and exported to all vector formats (incl. Google Earth).
  • Sample and observation database
    All collections and observations related data can be organized in a single database.
  • Searching, filtering, sorting, and grouping
    Extensive tools for searching, grouping and filtering the data are available.
  • Storage and loan management
    Museum management functionality includes load management and label printing.
  • Spatial information
    Full geometry information (polygon, line or point) can be stored with each record and used when mapping the data in GIS viewer.
  • Paper based outputs
    Label designer with barcode support (24 types of 1 and 2D barcodes) can be effectively used to design and share label templates between researchers.


  • Synonymy
    Fine grained database of synonyms can be built.
  • Treatments
    Taxonomic treatments can be linked to literature references.
  • Links to literature
    All taxonomy and specimen records can be linked with original sources.
  • Reporting
    Taxon based reporting, distribution map creation and statistics features are avialable.
  • External services
    Integrated search of BHL, EOL, and GBIF libraries allows linking to locally saved results and original online sources.


  • Report integration
    E.g. individual distribution maps for a list of species records can be generated.
  • Field module integration
    Map and GPS assisted recording can facilitate field work.
  • Export to vector files
    EarthCape biodiversity data can be exported to any vector format (SHP, MIF, KML, etc.).
  • Import from vector files
    Locality and unit records can be automatically created from existing vector files incl GPX.
  • Full set of GIS controls
    Map viewer/editor also have legend, scale bar, GPS panel, layer parameter window controls.
  • Supports all file formats
    Map projects can combine layers of any GIS raster or vector formats from external files and services (WMS, WMTS).
  • Core EarthCape data integration
    Map viewer combines pre-configured GIS projects with dynamic layers displayng data from the database.
  • Coordinate system support
    3,000 pre-defined coordinate systems, EPSG codes and OpenGIS WKT definitions, reprojection vector/raster layers, and many other features are available in GIS module.
  • 3D rendering
    3D objects texturing, digital Terrain Model (DTM) presentation, draping vector/raster layers over DTM, light & shadow control, camera/scene control (zooming, rotation…) are some of the 3D related features.
  • Google Earth export
    Selected list of samples or localities can be exported to Google Earth KML format with on-the-fly conversion of coordinate system.
  • Spatial database features support
    ESRI ArcSDE (spatial), IBM DB2 Spatial Extender, IBM Informix Spatial Data Blade, MapInfo SpatialWare, Microsoft MSSQL Spatial Server, Oracle Spatial/Locator, Oracle Spatial Point Cloud and TIN, PostGIS (OpenGIS spatial) can be connected to.


  • Laboratory notebook
    Full track of lab activities and reaction parameters can be recorded.
  • Lab sample management
    DNA extracts and frozen samples can be stored and linked with the rest of the genetic and field data.
  • FASTA support
    Eartcape can export and import data from FASTA files.
  • Genetic data storage
    Sequence data, microsatellites and SNPs can be stored.


  • Full bibliography database
    Detailed reference records can be linked with other parts of the database.
  • Taxonomic work
    Literature module can be used to conduct rigorous taxonomic work, e.g. taxonomic revision.
  • Searchable reference database
    Full power of EarthCape search, filtering and grouping capabilities is available to effectively manage your reference library.
  • Reporting
    Detailed reports that link all parts of your taxonomic research can be generated.


  • Multiple exporting formats
    PDF, HTML, MHT, RTF, TXT, CSV, XPS, Microsoft Excel (both XLS and XLSX) and image (BMP, EMF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and WMF). For each export format, numerous specific export options are available.
  • User friendly report designer
    Intuitive, easy-to-use, powerful, adjustable and extremely functional report designer is available.
  • Label printing and generation
    Label printing functionality includes support for 1500 label types.
  • Barcode support
    Most popular barcode types are supported.
  • Integration with GIS module
    Distribution map can be generated automatically for a list of species using preconfigured background map.
  • Rich functionality
    Other functionality includes mail merge, master-detail reports, table and multi-column reports, cross-tab and charted reports, print preview, document map and more.