This new generation of Specify combines the interface components and data management foundation of Specify 6 with the efficiency and ease-of-use of web access and cloud computing. The Specify 7 web application uses the same interface layout language as Specify 6, so data form customizations made in one platform are mirrored in the other. Specify 6 and 7 also use the same data model and they can be run concurrently with any Specify collection database. By providing an easy migration path to the web, Specify 7 helps transition Specify 6 collections to cloud computing. It is also a great starting platform for institutions that prefer zero workstation software installation and ubiquitous web browser access.
Specify 7’s server/browser architecture opens doors for computing support of collaborative digitization projects and for remote hosting of institutional or project specimen databases. Without the need for a local area or campus network to connect to the MySQL data server, Specify 7 gives you and collaborators access to a shared specimen database through any web browser. Without basic instituional IT support to maintain a secure database server? With the Specify 7 server software supported on generic Linux servers, museums can utilize a server hosting service to provide support for the technical complexities of systems administration, security management, and backing-up. Want to create a shared database for a collaborative digitizing effort? No problem! Host it yourself, subscribe to a web hosting service, or use our SpecifyCloud service for your Specify database, then set up accounts and go. We provide the same efficient user interface and printed reports and labels customization, and help desk support for Specify 7 as we do for Specify 6.
Interested in evaluating Specify 7 for your collection? Check out the demonstration server at the link below. Send us an email or call if you could use additional information.
Linux server administrators interested in installing Specify 7 will find source code and docs at: https://github.com/specify.