NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.
Biotics 4, the product of a multi-year development and testing process, is the newest generation of NatureServe's biodiversity data management software. Built on a sophisticated data model implemented in an Oracle database, the system incorporates custom applications for spatial data management, tabular data management, data import/export and reconciliation, and reporting. The spatial component of the system is a custom geographic information system (GIS) application that supports basic digital mapping, spatial analyses, and data visualization.