Our objects are partly registered in databases. The rest are listed in handwritten catalogues, or completely uncatalogued.
In the 1980s the first collection databases were created to improve access to the collections. In the beginning, computers had limited capacity and only limited information about the collection objects could be registered. As hard- and software improved, more advanced database systems were developed.
Today, the Department of Zoology uses various databases for large parts of the collections, most developed in-house, using Filemaker Pro and Microsoft Access, and in addition the externally developed program Specify. Currently, Specify is being modified to better suit our needs and all existing databases are being migrated to Specify. This is part of the DINA project, run by the department of bioinformatics and genetics. The ultimate goal is to make all collections accessible to the public through the Internet.
The databases hold so far (2015) data on about 20% of the zoological collections. Digitization is time consuming and although about 20,000 new records are entered yearly, it will take many years to complete the task. The databases presented on these pages are therefore far from complete. The department staff is happy to assist with data on collection objects that have not been digitized yet.
Until the databases have been completed we offer lists of species that are represented in the collections and for some groups lists of type material. There are also checklists of species which occur in Sweden.
Search the fish collection database
Search the database of amphibians and reptiles
Search the Linné collection database
The contents of the databases of mammals and invertebrate collections are published through GBIF.
Insects, spiders and millipedes can be found on Naturarv, the portal for all Specify databases at the museum.
The Artedian is a digital system for collection management used by the fish curators at the museum. It is based on MS-Access and VBA. A compiled version of Artedian 2.0 can be downloaded from the Artedian website.