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Natural History collections

Helping institutions manage scientifically significant collections, including Palaeontology, Botany, Anthropology, Mineralogy, Entomology, Mammalogy and Zoology, requires an in-depth understanding of the unique needs of natural history collections.

With over 30 years’ experience, we use our extensive knowledge to innovate and produce software which preserves and curates your collections for the world.

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How our natural history solutions work for you

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Scientific data

Manage scientific and research data

Manage data using taxonomies and synonymies for natural history collections, and manage both specimen and lot-based collections.

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Specimen management

Capture and study specimen information

Capture site, event data and field notes from specimen collection, and track the progress of preparations, tissue samples, and destructive and non-destructive loans.

Axiell employees at Natural History Museum


Participate in global and regional initiatives

Ensure data can be extracted to contribute to aggregators such as GBIF, iDigBio, Vertnet.

Our Natural History customers

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
New York Botanical Garden

Our solutions for Natural History collections

What customers say about our natural history solutions

We work very hard at building, editing and sharing our database, and are continually challenged to make the process more efficient and comprehensive. We find that the folks at Axiell are as determined as we are to meet these challenges, and we feel privileged to have them as our partner in this work.

NY botanical interview
Barbara M. Thiers, Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium New York Botanical Garden

[You can] take all these disparate, divided groups of data you have in all sorts of different formats at your institution and bring them together so that staff and users, whether scientific researchers or high school students or whomever, would be able to have access.

Melissa Bechhoefer Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The staff [at Axiell] seem to have a particular affinity for user needs and responsiveness to users. There seems to be a core number of individuals in the company who understand natural history. Having those relations with the staff over many years is a key part for us.

Larry Gall Peabody Museum
Larry Gall, Head, Computer Systems Office Informatics Manager, Entomology Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Peabody Museum of Natural History

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