Further features of Recorder 6
In addition to the key features of fast data
, flexible reporting
and excellent mapping facilities
there are a range of
additional features that make Recorder 6 versatile and functional
whilst ensuring the highest quality of data. Here are just a few of
Additional features of Recorder 6
data entry through ‘recording cards’ – Recorder provides a
simple record card style interface for entering records which the
user can tailor to their own species list. Recorder now has built
in recording cards ready to use and you can download new ones from
the User Files section of this website
- Easy export to the NBN and other systems –
There are a wide range of easy-to-use export formats available
including excel spreadsheets, Esri shape files and Google Earth as
well as a suitable format for submitting to the NBN Gateway. In
addition you can use survey tags and filters to export subsets of
your data which is particularly useful for submitting records to a
recording scheme or local record centre.
- Scalable data storage capacity – Recorder uses
a Microsoft SQL Server database which allows the system to be
scaled up to hold limitless numbers of records.
- Active support network – An active on-line
forum of Recorder users and a network of Approved Experts are able to help with
most questions or problems encountered.
- Good training facilities –The Approved Experts run a range of training courses
but the system also includes an extensive help section and a
growing volume of tutorials and documentation are available
on this website.
- Ownership of records – To avoid problems
with record duplication Recorder strictly controls record ownership
and only allows the record owner to edit the details. When
exporting data you can now transfer the custodianship of the
exported records to the receiving system.
- Administer user access to the database - The
system manager is able to configure user profiles for access to
certain levels of database management and for restricting access to
- High quality data - A suite of validation
rules including the strict checking of the data as it is imported
or entered ensures that the data held is of the very highest
- Includes maintained dictionaries – Recorder
includes comprehensive dictionaries for species names (the species
dictionary as used by the NBN Gateway), habitats and administrative
areas which are regularly updated.
- Ability to hold a wide range of record
attributes – Recorder allows a wide range of associated
information to be held including information on individuals,
documents and locations.
- Long term commitment to supporting the system
– There is a long term commitment from the Recorder Steering Group
to maintain and support Recorder.
- Extensible platform for addins and well documented,
open and accessible data model (NBN) - The open and
accessible data model enables specialist users to
develop addins (Microsoft COM objects written in Visual Basic,
Delphi, C++ etc.) for Recorder to provide additional functionality
alongside the main Recorder application.