The Biodiversity Image Server Tour
Why was BIS designed?
The project was originally conceived during the creation of CyberFlora Louisiana, a project designed to digitize and manage over 1 million specimen images. To do that we looked at existing image servers and nothing seemed to fit the needs of the herbaria project. After the successful completion of the basic server we then started adding more features focused on biodiversity.
Right now it is great for uploading and storing images but it can do more than that. In the following sections you will be able to explore the different features that are currently available. Please check the Roadmap to learn about new features in the works.
Storage & Management Features
- Image management tools
- Grouping images by collections
- Associating images to geographical regions
- Metadata Tags support (Key/Value Pairs)
- Events - Great for use in expeditions, field trips, collection events, etc.
- Sets - Used for image matrices
- Thumbnail Generation
- Example Widgets
- RESTful web services (JSON Format)
- SDK's in many common languages
- Supports multiple storage devices (NFS, Amazon S3)
- Barcode Detection Analysis
- Pixel Ratio Detection
- TesseractOCR Label Analysis
- EverNote OCR Analysis for Fuzzy Searching
Storage & Management
Image management tools
Grouping images by collections
Associating images to geographical regions
Metadata Tags support (Key/Value Pairs)
Events - Great for use in expeditions, field trips, collection events, etc.
Sets - Used for image matrices
Our viewer is made especially for viewing images from the Biodiversity Image Server. A larger images is analyzed and multiple level of smaller images called tiles are created to give the user the best experience to zoom in and our. This widget is HTML coded and can be copied to any website to display images from any BIS server.
Developers Link: jQuery Version
Example image using the viewer
Supports SilverImage Logs
Clients who use SilverImage can upload their logs to BIS and view details and also present public progress graph.
Integrated Support with www.helpingscience.org
At this time we are working on this features to allow herbaria to directly interact with BIS and label processing. We hope to start offering this service soon.
BIS Desktop Application
Uploading images to images servers can be challenging. To ease the transition we have created a Desktop Client to manage local pictures and upload those to your Biodiversity Image Server.
Some of the main features are:
- Upload local images to a Biodiversity Image Server
- Associate meta data to images from your workstation like, copyright, scientific name, characteristics
- Work in batch mode to upload or tag images automatically or by groups
- Add images to a blacklist to only upload certain images
- Auto detect new images that have been saved to a watch folder to know which images have not been uploaded
Biodiversity Image Server is free open source software. It's official release is coming soon this Fall 2012 and will contain more documentation on how to setup and use.
We do provide consulting to install and configure the software for your project. We can also provide custom solutions for the public web interfaces to do something wonderful with the software. Contact us to find out how we can help with your next project.
- CyberFlora Louisiana
- California Academy of Sciences
- Georgia Virtual Herbarium
- Central Michigan Virtual Herbarium
- Anagelo State University NHM
- PHP 5.2.3+
Optional Features Requirements
- NodeJS & Redis
- Tesseract OCR
More details coming soon...