Biota 2 is a second generation Collection Management system succeeding Biota 1. It has several exemplary features including a versatile help system and very flexible support for non-compliant data formats. It supports images in the collection system allowing for 10 different leading image formats and an unlimited number of images linked to any one specimen, further allowing the images to be displayed as thumbnails to be opened at full size with zoom capabilities. It also offers an optional web hosting platform that allows institutions to host their collections online for web visitors to browse through. The web hosting is provided at an additional cost.