The Site Explorer is used to visually manage collection material. It displays a list of all or any subset of the items held in the database, includes a Find facility to search for individual items and allows commonly used items to be stored as Favorites.
The Rapid Data Entry screen provides a quick and easy method to enter collection-based information. Only the essential and most commonly used items are presented, thus reducing complexity and increasing speed and accuracy.
Detail windows organise the rich and diverse information managed by BioLink and are centered around Sites, Site Visits, and Material. These windows are tied to the Site Explorer as well as the Rapid Data Entry form.
Templates are used to speed entry of repetitive information. They are an easy and flexible way to preset values for data items and have these values automatically inserted when new records are added.
Traits and Notes are a flexible way to manage the wide range of specialised and custom information commonly found in biological collections. This type of information is in addition to the core data common to the majority of collections and managed using the Explorers and Detail windows.
The Mapping Assistant provides a visual answer to the commonly asked questions "Where is this site found?" and "Where does this taxon occur?" BioLink recognises the importance of these questions and provides a powerful, build-in mapping tool to provide the answers.
Reports are an essential part of any information management system. BioLink
provides predefined formats for commonly used reports and user-defined formats
for specialised requirements.