CDM for individual users/scientists

The "Individual Installation" of the EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy is a basic and simple to install software suite designed for taxonomic data capture and maintenance for an individual scientist. This installation scheme is typically used for personal taxonomic projects, which do not require collaborative data management activities. It consists of a local installation of a Platform-compliant data store as well as the EDIT desktop taxonomic editor (EDITor), which is used for entering and editing data as well as carrying out data imports and exports.
The set up does not allow for multiple user access. However, an upgrade of the installation to a multi-user environment (Group Installation or Community Installation) is always possible.



The software is installed on a local personal computer (Windows or Linux, Mac coming soon). The installation procedure is straightforward and does usually not require support from a system administrator. Please note, that the software has no built-in backup procedures.

Taxonomic Editor Installation

Welcome to the Taxonomic Edtor's installation guide for Windows environment. Below you will find step-by-step instructions to install the Taxonomic Editor on your system. Before beginning installation, you'll want to read through these instructions completely. You will also want to review the system requirements for the Taxonomic Editor:

  • A Pentium-compatible PC
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 or higher
  • 512MB RAM minimum
  • 400 MB hard disc space

1. Download

To download the most current version of the Taxonomic Editor, navigate to the Download page and download the latest version. A dialog box will appear asking you where to save the compressed file. Save the file to your desktop and wait for it to download completely.


 2. Unzipping and Installing

After unpacking the files you should see a folder labeled "Taxonomic Editor". In this folder you find an executable file called "TaxonomicEditor.exe" (the file ending .exe may not show on your system). Double clicking this file will open the Taxonomic Editor, ready for use.


You will need a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 1.8 or newer to run the Taxonomic Editor. If you do not have a JRE installed on your system the "+ JAVA" version from the download page.

3. Where do you go from here?

First of all we recommend reading the User Manual for Taxonomic Editor which explains how you start working with the Taxonomic Editor. The user manual also contains a very detailed description of the installation process.
If you have problems installing the Taxonomic Editor or if you have any questions feel free to contact the EDIT help desk: