Project Support

The framework and majority of software development for the Symbiota Virtual Biota Software Project has been financially supported by several National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. A significant portion of development has also been performed in collaboration with several partnerships. Using an open source development model, several projects have taken the lead to develop particular modules in a manner that makes the new features available to the greater portal community.

Direct Support

  • Networking Our Research Legacy: Infrastructure to Document, Manage, and Access Ecological Data Resources
    • Active 1999-2003 (ABI-9983132)
    • Supplied initial support for the creation of the SEINet specimen search engine in 2001, which was the original prototype that later developed into the Symbiota Software project
  • Symbiota, A Virtual Flora Model for the Southwestern United States
    • Active 2008-2012 (ABI-0743827)
    • Primary support for the development to an interactive Biodiversity Content Management System

Projects with Secondary Support for Symbiota Development

  • NSF BDI-0847966; PIs: Leslie Landrum, Corinna Gries
  • NSF EF-1115116: OCR/NLP tools, exsiccati management; PIs: Corinna Gries, Thomas Nash
  • NSF EF-1209149: Phenology and occurrence trait management; PIs: Patrick Sweeney (,
    Michael Donoghue
  • ASU/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute collaboration: Reference Module; Specimen Mapping Tool; PIs: Nico Franz (
  • NSF EF-1207371: Filtered-Push module, Image Search Tool; PIs: Neil Cobb (, Paul Heinrich, Kelly Miller
  • NSF EF-1410069iPlant image batch processing tools, Skeletal records submission tool, GeoLocate Community integration); PI: Zack Murrell (, et al
  • NSF EF-1410683Darwin Core Archive transfer tool; PIs: Kenneth Cameron (
  • New York Botanical Garden: Integration of SALIX OCR/NLP, batch OCR import tool; PI: Barbara Thiers (
  • NSF EF-1502735: Statistic reporting – ver. 2; PIs: Andrew Miller (, Steven Stephenson, Deborah Lewis, Thorsten Lumbsch, Robert Luecking

Partnerships and Institutional Support

Current development focuses on the creation and expansion of various data management features and modules so that they are fully integrated within the software framework. Collaborative development using open-source philosophy ensures the greater community will benefit from the new and improved features. Below is a list of some of the partners that have supported software development and code submission within the Symbiota code repository.