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DaRWIN: An open source natural history collections data management system
Adam, M.; Theeten, F.; Herpers, J.-M.; Vandenberghe, T.; Semal, P.; Van den Spiegel, D.; Duchesne, P.-A. (2019). DaRWIN: An open source natural history collections data management system. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 3: e39054.
In: Biodiversity Information Science and Standards. Pensoft Publishers: Sofia. ISSN 2535-0897, more
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    Data management
Author keywords
    natural history collections; standardization; webservices; data quality and cleaning

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  • Semal, P., more
  • Van den Spiegel, D., more
  • Duchesne, P.-A., more

    DaRWIN (Data Research Warehouse Information Network) is an in-house solution developed by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), as a Natural History collections management system for biological and geological samples in collections. In 2014, the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) adopted this system for its collections and started to take part in new developments. The DaRWIN database currently manages information on more than 600,000 records (about 4 million specimens) housed at the RBINS and more than 650,000 records (more than 1 million specimens) at the RMCA. DaRWIN is an open source system, consisting of a PostgreSQL database and a customizable web-interface based on the Symfony framework (

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