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Barcodes for collections. @BARCODES@ Francisco Pando de la Hoz Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid. Barcodes for what. Tool for management by making some tasks easier. Barcodes. Barcodes come in different types. Different kinds of barcodes (symbologies)

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barcodes for collections

Barcodes for collections


Francisco Pando de la HozReal Jardín Botánico, Madrid

barcodes for what
Barcodes for what
  • Tool for management by making some tasks easier Barcodes

barcodes come in different types

Barcodes come in different types

  • Different kinds of barcodes (symbologies)
  • The one choosen by herbaria and other collections is called “barcode 39”:
      • No overlaping characters (bars)
      • Allows letters (capitals only) and numbers
      • Available as a “TrueType” font:
        • Escalable
        • Portable
code 39
Code 39
  • Barcode 39 allows:
    • Produce and use our barcodes ourselves
    • produce and labels with normal text and barcodes in one step Barcodes

barcodes for labels
Barcodes for labels Barcodes

barcodes for labels 2
Barcodes for labels (2)

how we use barcodes
How we use barcodes
  • What you see:

@MA 435267@

  • What there is indeed:

@MA 435267@

  • What we put into the barcode: a unique identifier (in the world) Barcodes

barcode reader and its setup
Barcode reader and its setup
  • Reader sends keystroke codes; the PC does not know if the codes come from the keyboard or the reader
  • No software
  • No configuration


Barcode reader


Keyboard Barcodes

final remarks
Final remarks
  • It is not needed to have a barcode reader to start barcoding
  • Always add the text in the barcode in human-readable form
  • Test your barcodes before producing them in mass

(final size and spacing between characters depens on paper and printer quality, and type of barcode reader) Barcodes