Open-Source Biodiversity Data Management Software
A robust content management system and a tool for biodiversity data exploration.
What can Symbiota do for you?
Symbiota is an open-source software for managing and mobilizing biodiversity data.
Over the span of 20 years, Symbiota has developed into a distributed network of theme-based research portals incorporating data from over 1,700 biodiversity collections of preserved plants, animals, fossils, fungi, and more. The 54 existing Symbiota portals publish over 42 million images and 89 million occurrences.
Symbiota is specifically designed toward efficient, collaborative digitization and an open data exploration and publishing tool.
Researchers, educators, explorers, and more
Anyone can explore and use biodiversity data stored in Symbiota-based portals. Symbiota portals include tools for:
- species inventories
- interactive identification keys
- integrated specimen and field images
- taxonomic information
- species distribution maps
- taxonomic descriptions
- public datasets
Collectors, collection managers, and curators
Content can be actively managed in Symbiota portals. Features include:
- data entry from label images
- data harvesting from specimen duplicates
- batch georeferencing (even across collections)
- data validation and cleaning
- generating progress reports
- loan management
- data publishing to GBIF and iDigBio
An overview of Symbiota’s functions and impact was published by Gries, Gilbert & Franz. 2014. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1114.
For general questions about Symbiota or for Symbiota issues, open a discussion on our new Discussions page or contact our Help Desk email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore our open source GitHub repository for the latest code developments.
Ask questions, suggest new features, or participate in conversations on our new Discussions page.
Visit the Symbiota Docs website for a growing archive of help files, tutorials, and more.