Recorder 6 is the ultimate tool for those entering, collating and exchanging records
of species and habitats. It includes extensive, and very flexible, facilities for
outputting the data including the ability to link other systems, such as GIS, directly
to the data holdings. All of this makes it the package of choice, particularly within
the professional sector of the market where efficiency, flexibility and scalability
are critical. However, the low cost means Recorder is readily accessible to individual
recorders who want to harness professional quality software for their own use.
JNCC ceased to support R6 at the end of March 2018, however, they have not suggested
any alternative system which would provide all the features available in R6, or
suggested a way in which existing R6 data can be migrated to another system without
loss of information. In these circumstances the above statement remains as true as
Key features include:
Fast and accurate import of data from a variety of sources and different formats
– includes a very flexible import facility for importing spreadsheets of data including
exports from other recording packages such as MapMate
Flexible reporting framework – contains a wide range of standard reports which can
be further tailored and added to in order to meet specific needs as well as a flexible
Mapping facilities to enter, view and query data – the internal mapping facility
allows records to be viewed and interrogated. Recorder users can request access to
the 1:50 000 OS data from the NBN to provide a visual context to their records
In addition to the key features of fast data import, 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 them:
Recording card - Easy 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 Atlas. 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 a number of experts are able to help with most questions or problems encountered.
Extensive help system – In addition training courses are also available, plus various
documentation giving more information on specific topics.
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.
Temporary data import - Data can be imported on a temporary basis and replaced when
a new data set becomes available.
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 Atlas). Habitats and administrative
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
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
for Recorder to provide additional functionality alongside the main Recorder application.
FastReport addin which allows formatted reports to be generated quickly from the
R6 XML Report and Report Wizard output.