Specify 7.2.1 Update–CSV File Exports, Task Notification System


The Specify Software Project is pleased to announce Specify 7.2.1 an update to our web platform for biological collections data. The new release is obtainable from the Specify GitHub repository (https://github.com/specify/specify7).

Specify 7 operates exclusively through a web browser with no desktop software installation. Specify’s user interface and report customizations work identically in both the Specify 6 workstation and Specify 7 web releases. Specify 6 and 7 also use the same database design (schema).

Specify 7 is our software platform for future innovation. Institutions may install their own Specify 7 server or U.S. research collections can avail themselves of our SpecifyCloud hosting service which eliminates the need for local server hardware, network, security and systems management.

Visible changes in Specify 7.2.1 include:

  • External CSV files can now be created with exported data from any Specify query.
  • Saving Lat/Long values in the database derived from the embedded GEOLocate plugin now works correctly when the Specify 7 is configured to use HTTPS.
  • Specify 7 now has a message notification system to alert user when data exports or other background jobs have completed.
  • Documentation for Specify 7 server installs has been updated.
  • Multiple Collection Objects in Specify 6 Accessions no longer break Specify 7.
  • A collection can no longer appear more than once in the collection listing.
  • Changing the active collection while logged in now works correctly.
  • Queries on Treatment Results now behave properly.
  • Queries done within a QueryComboBox now produce up to 100 rows of existing values.
  • The data tree search dialog no longer produces an error.
  • Moving a node in a data tree no longer generates an erroneous message.
  • User names are now sorted for Admin users in the user management dialog.

The next release, Specify 7.3, due out in July 2017 is a large update with an extended database schema and several powerful new capabilities including:

  • Automatic creation of Darwin Core Archive packages using any Darwin Core extension, including Audubon for media, and GGBN extensions for tissue and DNA preparations, for sending updates to aggregators like GGBN, GBIF or iDigBio.
  • Enhanced validation of specimen data being uploaded through the Specify 7 Workbench.
  • A PaleoLocation plug-in for visualizing paleo localities based on paleo web mapping services provided by http://paleolocation.org. Kudos to Tomislav Urban of the Texas Advanced Computing Center for developing it.
  • Auto-incrementing of numeric ID fields across collections within an institution.
  • The ability to save preferred data tree views as a default.

Interested in evaluating Specify 7? Take a look at our demonstration copy:

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Thanks to the Specify Project Technical Liaisons for their ongoing feedback and support.

Make contact with inquiries, suggestions or comments at: support@specifysoftware.org, or for more bandwidth revert to the oral tradition at: +1 785 864-4400. For technical installation or software engineering matters, consider posting an issue on the Specify 7 GitHub code repository (https://github.com/specify/specify7) which will come to the attention of the Specify engineering team.