The first version of IrisBG was developed by Øyvind Rustan in 1996 in close collaboration with the Botanical Garden, University of Oslo (Norway). In 2004, version 2 was introduced and successfully adopted by the majority of botanic gardens in Norway.
In 2007, Botanical Software Ltd was established in the UK to offer IrisBG to the global market. Version 3, introduced in 2010 based on the sister product Corema, was a full redesign and substantial upgrade of IrisBG that offered support for multiple collection sites,
zoological or botanical nomenclature, preserved and living material, integrated mapping, report customization, data import, custom fields, and much more. Since 1996, IrisBG has been carefully curated in close collaboration with the community and is, arguably,
the most comprehensive integrated software solution available for botanic gardens today.
The system is distributed by Digital Forvaltning AS (Norway) and Botanical Software Ltd (International).
UK office - International sales
Botanical Software Ltd
Telephone: +44 (0)1761 479350
Registered in England & Wales No: 6357322
Digital Forvaltning AS (Ltd)
Telephone: +47 61250091
Call us directly using the telephone numbers provided, or send us an enquiry.
If you have made arrangements for remote support, please click on the link to the right to download and Run the remote support session software.
Corema IrisBG shares the same data model and program
code with the software package Corema (Collection
and Research Management).
www.coremadb.com for more details.
The People behind IrisBG
The IrisBG team consists of people with an extensive knowledge of botany,
as well as professional software engineering. We believe this is one of the key
ingredients to creating a tool that is easy to use and can satisfy the most
demanding requirements of the professional botanist.
Havard is the Manager of Botanical Software Ltd in the
UK. He has a degree in Computer Science from University
of Oslo and University of York. Havard has more than 25
years experience working with software design and development.
Øyvind is the Manager of Compositae AS and Chairman of Digital Forvaltning AS in Norway.
He is the Head Software Architect and Product Manager of IrisBG. He has a degree in Systematic Botany from University
of Oslo and has published numerous
botanical papers and
scientific articles. After finishing his education in
1984 his keen interest in IT resulted in a long career working
with software design and development in the public and private
Margherita is our Community Manager for the Spanish, French and German speaking regions. She has a
degree in sociology and anthropology and is fluent in Spanish, German, French, Dutch and English. firstname.lastname@example.org
Myrna helps out with all our written English text in addition
to administrative work in the UK. She has a degree in English
Literature from the University of Utrecht.
Phil is our Marketing Advisor. Phil has more than twenty
five years of experience in business to business sales,
marketing and general management. email@example.com
Louise is helping with our training programme. In addition,
she is also involved in marketing work and documentation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alf is a Senior Partner and IT consultant specializing
in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). After completing
his education in 1995, he has worked on a wide range of
GIS projects for the private and the public sector.
Ketil is a Senior Partner and IT consultant specializing
in IT Security and infrastructure. Ketil has more than 25
years of experience working as project manager and IT consultant
in the private and the public sector.
Kjell Bitnes, 1949-2011
After a long period of illness, our close friend and
senior partner Kjell passed away on Monday the 28th of November.
He will be sorely missed by us all, but his enthusiasm,
friendliness and generosity will remain with us in our memories
of him. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies go out to
|The photo below was taken after completing
our annual meeting in 2007, held in
Bath, UK. |