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Nansis 1.9 release

Nansis is a database with accompanying software for integrated survey data collection, quality control, storage, post processing and retrieval. Its primary use is to store data from fisheries research surveys and to be able to extract these data again for research and management purposes in an easy way.

The first Nansis version (called Nan-Sis), designed for the DOS environment, was developed by Tore Strømme of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) for use in connection with fisheries surveys conducted with the Norwegian research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen.  The software has been used by many fisheries scientists in developing countries for well over 30 years. With the rapid technological advances that have occurred since this system was developed, it became necessary to develop a windows version also expanded to meet modern scientific data storage and retrieval needs. The development of this new version has been an activity under the EAF-Nansen Project, a partnership between Norad, FAO and IMR.

A rudimentary version of the new Nansis for windows, Nansis 1.0, was released internally at IMR first time in 2006. Later a number of versions have been released but most of these releases have only been presented to a smaller audience, these have reported back and given positive and negative feedback. The development of the software has tried to take into consideration the recommendations from the users and we are grateful for all the feedback that has been given to us over the years. The version 1.9 of Nansis has tried to incorporate the necessity to have a simple installation procedure and easy to navigate software. Although this, the program now has an impressive list of features.

Please note. Nansis is distributed with a small dummy dataset but with no real data. For data request please contact:  the EAF Nansen project at CDCF or FAO.

Computer Requirements:
Operating System: Windows XP*, 7, 8; all language versions. All windows systems need to be updated with the latest major service packs.
Free Space for Nansis Installation: 500MB
Free Space for Postgres Installation: 800MB
RAM: At least 1GB and above, preferably >4 GB

*Note: Our experience is that Nansis works on windows XP computers with the newest releases, but no support is given. As windows have stopped supporting this operating system.

Current release:
Version no  :  1.9.6.4
Compiled:  Delphi XE 2
Last Build date :  25th April 2015
Previous major version (series)  :  1.8.0 (Build 5)

New features:

  1. Major changes to since version 1.8.
  2. General. All Nansis executables now have their own description.
  3. General. Most of Nansis modules now support Windows display settings are 125% (medium)
  4. General. Improved installation procedures
  5. Maptool. All country names on Maptool will be shown in upper case letters.
  6. Maptool. Nansis now has an option to delete existing map annotations from Maptool.
  7. Maptool. New map annotations (countries and capital cities) are provided on complete installation and upgrade option.
  8. Maptool. The Maritime boundaries of all the countries are updated in Nansis Maptool.
  9. Nansis Help menu has steps to manually install PostGIS setup.
  10. Nansis Help menu is updated with the latest changes and images.
  11. Nansis Help menu. Manual steps to change Nansis database passwords are added into the help menu.
  12. Nansis Installer will delete all left over files from the installation of Nansis.
  13.  Nansis Installer will verify if biomass table is installed or not via PostGIS. If the table is not installed the setup will re - install the table.
  14. Nansis Login. "work offline" button is removed and a new button is added for connection configuration and testing connection.
  15. Nansis Main. Check for updates. An option under help menu is provided 'Check for updates' to check whether any new Nansis version is available to download.
  16. Nansis Main. In swept area dialog, stations with trawl distance as zero are skipped and stations with trawl distance as zero and greater than 2 NM are shown as a summary in the text file generated.
  17. Nansis Main. Reports. Nansis now contains a report generator that allows the user to present any reports from Nansis in multiple formats. All Nansis reports can be exported as text as well as in reports format. The report format allows the user to export the reports in multiple formats including image formats(example jpg, PDF).
  18. Nansis Main. Validation list. Nansis Trawl entry, Length frequency and Biological entry validations can be turned off and turned on as per the requirement of the user and the flow of the data entry in Nansis. These validations can be turned off locally for the current user only without affecting other users who are connected to the same database that time.
  19. Nansis Main. Species images can be exported as zip files along with the species details like scientific name, English name etc. And the same zip file can be imported on any other system with Nansis installed.
  20. Nansis Main. Species images import. Inform users what type of images will be allowed for import and that the name of the images should be same as the species code name (example MERME01.jpg). Also remove the process completion message but show the summary.
  21. Nansis Main. Species import and export as zip files to transfer from one system to another

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