Mission & Vision

Here we state who we are, what we think of our work, what you can expect of this project.

Who is behind Ghini

Ghini started as a one-man project, by Brett Adams. He started this software as Bauble, for and at the Belize Botanical Garden, and later on adapted it to the needs of a couple of other users who asked him. Brett made Bauble a commons, by releasing it under a GPL license.

After some years of stagnation Mario Frasca took responsibility of updating Bauble, rebranded it to Ghini, in honour of Luca Ghini, started advocating, travelling, distributing, developing, documenting it, and it is now Mario Frasca writing this, enhancing the software, looking for users, requesting feedback...

So currently behind Ghini there’s not only one developer, but much more importantly, a small but growing global users community.

Translations are provided by volunteers who mostly stay behind the scenes, translating a couple of missing terms or sentences, and disappearing again.

To make things clearer when we speak of Ghini, but should—and in this document we will—indicate whether it’s Ghini(the software), or Ghini(the people), unless obviously we mean both things.


The Mission Statement is a purpose, it defines the rationale of an entity and is specific and true. For Ghini, the Mission Statement sets out the social order to which Ghini is committed, the needs that are satisfied with Ghini(the software) and with the services of Ghini(the people), the market in which Ghini develops and its intended public image.

  • access to software
  • access to development
  • bundling resources
  • open source
  • open data
  • community forming


The Vision serves to indicate the way ahead and projects a future image of what we want our organization to be, in a realistic and attractive way. It serves as motivation because it visualizes the challenge and direction of necessary changes in order to grow and prosper.

  • by the year 2020
  • reference point
  • community
  • development
  • integration with web portal
  • geographic information

The Ghini family