Bauble is a software application to help you (whoever you are) manage a collection of botanical specimens. It is intended to be used (and it is indeed used) by botanic gardens, herbaria, arboreta, etc. to manage their collection information.
- Bauble is designed to be simple and fast, elegant and intuitive.
- Bauble is open and free. Bauble is licensed under the GPL which approximately means that anybody can download, study, distribute, change the source code for Bauble as long as all derived work stays just as free as Bauble is now. This does not in any way affect how you decide to copyright and license the data you manage with Bauble.
- Bauble is cross-platform. Bauble supports both Linux and Windows and has been successfully ported to other platforms whenever there was interest.
- Bauble can use different database backends and is tested against SQLite, PostgreSQL, MySQL/MariaDB.
- Bauble can generate reports through an XSL formatter backend. There is no fancy report designer but there is an interface that allows you to pass the results of a search through an XSL formatter and the extremely flexible Mako formatter. This allows you to layout your data any way you wish and save it in a just about any format you can imagine including PDF, XML, or HTML. Hopefully we'll get something a bit more user(i.e. non-techy) friendly in the future.
- Bauble can export data in CSV or Access to Biological Collection Data (ABCD) format. Bauble adheres to the ITF2 standard for field naming and content, but it does not yet contain an import-export feature for this format. Other import-export formats can be discussed and added to Bauble if the need arises.
- Bauble supports tagging. You can tag any arbitrary data stored in a Bauble managed database with arbitrary names. This way you can create collections of records organized the way you want with names you give them.
- ....and lots more. (And I mean lots!)
What User Say About Bauble
- Thank you for the great software! I was working on my own collection manager in Rails when I found bauble. I'm happy to have found something I can use straightaway. [K.B. - (bauble forum)]
- Thank you for developing this and [...] for the privilege of using your program. [N.B. - Lovett Pinetum]
- Acá ya lo tenemos instalado y nos funciona de maravilla. [T.J. - Jardín Botánico Quito]
- Un super logiciel. Félicitations pour votre initiative libre et open-source. [M.C. - Telabotanica]
- at work we [use] Bauble version 1.0.11 on a windows 7 system, [...] version 1.0.53 on my Ubuntu 14.04 laptop at home and also on [a] MacBook Air (great demonstration of cross platform compatibility!). [R.D. - Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens]
The old documentation for Bauble 0.9 can be found at docs/0.9.
Choose the version you want to install, open its documentation page and look for the installation instructions.
The most likely thing is that you want to read it all here, and you can probably find it translated in your preferred language.
git clone https://github.com/Bauble/bauble.classic.git
Frequently Asked Questions
Why another collection manager application?
At Belize Botanic Gardens we felt that the other collection management software was either too expensive, inadequate or only supported Windows so we decided to create our own.
But why for free?
We feel that current collection management software is overpriced especially for small institutions in developing countries. Biodiversity affects our entire world and everything that relies on it to live. To help protect such a fragile system the management of information related to biodiversity should not be restricted.
I found a bug. What can I do about it?
For bug reports, but also for technical and generic questions, get a github account and file a bug report here.
For more information about Bauble or if you have any other questions and you do not want to get a github account, please write to email@example.com. A Bauble administrator will reply as soon as possible.