In 2013 the Wisconsin State Herbarium migrated its entire collection of specimen records and images into a customized installation of Specify 6. At the same time a Specify Web Portal was constructed for public access of most of our data.
The Specify Web Portal is based on an exported copy of the entire WIS Specify collection database. It provides full-text indexed searches, structured, and spatial queries of specimen holdings. Express searches are fast with full-text indexing on every word in the database. Searches can be qualified to return only records with geo-coordinates or with attached images.
The Specify Web Portal displays specimen information in three views: Records, Images, and Map. On the “Records” tab specimen data are shown in a traditional grid view. In the “Images” tab images linked to records are shown. Clicking on the thumbnail images opens a floating window with a larger view which provides links back to the specimen detail information. In the “Map” tab, clicking on an occurrence pin opens a floating window that shows the detail record for that specimen.
Although WIS’ Specify Web Portal is still in development, we encourage you to explore it and to send us feedback. Search results cannot be exported from the portal yet, but the WIS staff will be happy to conduct custom queries, and email the results in spreadsheet form. Just ask!
Search the Entire WIS Database via the Specify Web Portal
* note the Specify Web Portal is not compatible with older versions of Internet Explorer