A large number of automatic weather stations has been implemented in the frame of the BIOTA AFRICA project by the Namibian National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and the Group "Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology" (BEE) of the University of Hamburg. The website offers hourly updates of data and graphs of a large number of weather parameters.
Database software for storage, administration and analysis of ecological data
The vegetation database software BIOTABase has been developed to cope with the structured storage of vegetation monitoring data and related environmental data. The database architecture facilitates specific environmental monitoring requirements like the handling of time series, nested plots, and individual-based monitoring plots.
Many routines provide a quick input and consistency check of empirical data - digitalisation, as well as the import of already existing data sources. A variety of functions helps the user to search through the records, to find answers and to understand the findings. The user can compile lists and cross tables, calculate indices and also export data to statistical software for enhanced analyses, or to geographical information systems for displaying items on a map, or to spreadsheet software for special calculations.
BIOTABase facilitates direct linkages between observation data, collection data and bibliographical reference data. The process of taxonomic identification of specimens and nomenclatural changes can be easily applied and documented by controlled update routines. Finally, the BIOTABase package comprises splitting and merging tools and multiple export procedures, which allow easy data exchange and thus satisfy the requirements of single users, large database projects and decentralised research projects.
BIOTABase has been developed by the BioMonitoring Data Facility of BIOTA AFRICA. Many participants of the BIOTA AFRICA initiative contributed to the development of BIOTABase, especially the working group Vegetation Ecology and Systematics at the Biocentre Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden, University of Hamburg. Andrzej Suwald and Dr Gerhard Muche conducted the programming. The development of BIOTABase was funded by BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research).
BIOTABase and its components are freeware. If you use it for scientific purposes, please cite as follows: Muche, G.; Jürgens, N.; Finckh, M.; Schmiedel, U.: BIOTABase - Software for monitoring of biodiversity and environmental data, Version as noted in the information of the software menu item "Help / About".
Setup for first installation|
The installation is only necessary for the first time you want to use BIOTABase. If you want only updates of one or more components, you can download single components and overwrite existing files on your computer (see below).
The installation package contains a setup routine with all components: BIOTABase, BIOTACheck, BIOTAMerge, BIOTAUpdate.
BIOTABase is freeware and runs on Windows (Windows2000 or higher).
Please download the file and save it in a folder of your choice. Then start the executable file "BIOTABaseSetup.exe" and follow the instructions.
Download (Filesize 40.1 MB)
Attention! Special Update.
For an update of BIOTABase from version 20101108 to the next version 20110105 it is necessary to uninstall BIOTABase and to run the new setup application.
In the case of problems or if you have any questions please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Components of the software
Documentations and tutorials