Specimens stored in a collection are gathered during a CollectionEvent. This CollectionEvent keeps for example information about the geographic locality, the habitat, the collection date. During a CollectionEvent several specimens may have been collected. To create a new event for a specimen click on the button. If a specimen has not been assigned to a CollectionEvent, you can assign the specimens to an existing event with a click on the button. If you assign the specimen to an existing event, a window will open where you can search for the events already included in the database as shown below. Choose an event and click OK to assign the specimen to this event. If you click OK without selecting any CollectionEvent, the current CollectionEvent will be removed from the CollectionSpecimen.


In the tree view the CollectionEvent is symbolized by an icon as shown below


The CollectionEvents can be organized in a hierarchy either by using CollectionEventSeries or sampling plots. If your CollectionEvents belong e.g. to an expedition, you should preferably use CollectionEventSeries for the organization.


If your samples are taken e.g. on a regular basis from permanent sampling plots, you may prefer to use the module DiversitySamplingPlots to document the geography and other details of the sampling plots and use the CollectionEvents only to document the collection date.


To edit the data of the CollectionEvent choose it in the tree view to open the detail fields as shown below. If the collection date does not correspond to a certain day, you may use the Suppl. field to enter e.g. a range or a series of dates or the T.span field to document a certain time span.


The text shown in the tree view is composed of the date of the CollectionEvent and the description of the locality. For each CollectionEvent you can enter several geographical locations and properties. To see the locality according to the coordinates stored in the database you can check the Maps. For each CollectionEvent you can enter images related to this event.

If other specimens were collected during the same CollectionEvent, they will be displayed once the entire hierarchy of the EventSeries is shown. To do this click on the button in the panel on the left side of the tree. See EventSeries for further details. You can also move a specimen to another event by drag and drop.

Besides of a plain text description of the methods used during the CollectionEvent, you may insert methods as defined in the chapter Methods. Use the and buttons to add or remove methods from the list (see below)

If parameters are added to the methods after you added the method to the event, these new parameters will not automatically be available in the event method. The new parameters must be added via the Maintenance or with a click on the button. A window as shown below will open where you can select the parameters that may be added.

Data is stored in the table CollectionEvent.