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Zendro is a software tool to quickly create a data warehouse tailored to your specifications. You tell Zendro what the structure of your data is, in the form of models, and where the data is or shall be stored. Zendro will then automatically create two standardized interfaces for your data models. Both interfaces provide access to the standard CRUD, create, read, update, and delete functions, available for each of the defined data models. One of the two interfaces is an intuitive graphical browser based single page application implemented in Google’s standard material design. The other is an exhaustive application programming interface built with Facebook’s efficient GraphQL framework, enabling a connection to your data warehouse from any programming language or data analysis pipeline with utmost ease, simply by sending HTTP requests to your GraphQL server. Data can be distributed over several databases and servers without losing the relationships between your data records, even if they are not stored in the same place.

Zendro consists of two main components, backend and frontend. The backend component has its base project and a code generator. The frontend of SPA (Single Page Application) also has its base project. See the guides below on how to use Zendro.

To see or contribute to our code please visit Zendro-dev on github, where you can find the repositories for:

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us via an issue here. Tag your issue as a question or bug and we will try to answer as quick as possible.


Would you like to see Zendro in action before deciding to learn more? That’s fine! We set up a Dummy Zendro Instance for you to explore Zendro’s graphical user interface and Zendro’s API. The tutorials on how to use Zendro day to day of the section below use this instance, so go there to start exploring.

Installation and sysadmin

To start trying Zendro you can try the Quickstart tutorial on how to create a new Zendro project with pre-defined datamodels, database and environment variables. Then you can try the Getting started tutorial, a step-by-step guide on how to create a new Zendro project from scratch, aimed at software developers and system administrators.

Go to Quickstart

Go to Getting started guide

For more sysadmin details also check:


Defining data models

Using Zendro day to day

Zendro users profiles

We designed Zendro to be useful for research teams and institutions that include users with different areas of expertise, needs and type of activities. The table below summarizes how we envision that different users will use Zendro:

Profile Background Expected use
General user / scientist * Very experienced using Excel for data manipulation, visualization and basic data analysis.
* Data producer.
* Extensive domain knowledge.
* No programming experience.
* Access Zendro SPA to see what data has been uploaded.
* CRUD single records through the SPA or add several records through uploading a csv file.
* Download data through the SPA.
* Simple queries through the SPA.
* Download data through the SPA.
Data scientist / data analyst * Experienced using Excel for data manipulation, visualization and basic data analysis.
* Experienced in data manipulation, visualization and analysis through programming languages like Python or R.
* Some experience accessing and using APIs.
* Access Zendro instances to see what data have been uploaded.
* Add and modify single records through the SPA.
* Complex queries through the GraphQL API.
* Download query results through the GraphQL API.
* Connect external apps through the API (e.g. Shiny apps in R).
Data manager * Experienced in data manipulation, visualization and analysis, mainly in programming languages like Python or R, but also in Excel.
* Experienced in data standards.
* Experienced in the management and oversight of an organization’s data lifecycle.
* Design data models (json) for new Zendro instances.
* Transform raw data to csv files according to specified data models and following Zendro’s data format requirements.
* Link users’ needs to technical solutions (ie, facilitate communication between general users or analysts, and developers).
* Download and manipulate data through the API.
* CRUD data through the API, in batch.
Sysadmin * Experienced in system administration and server maintenance.
* Experienced in designing, building and maintaining software and data services.
* Some experience in front-end and back-end development.
* Solve technical problems that arise in specific Zendro instances and Zendro in general.
* Set up and configure new Zendro instances.
* Customize back-end and front-end components for Zendro instances.
* Check and confirm that data models and csv data files satisfy Zendro requirements and adjust them if necessary.
* Upload, delete and update data through the API in batch.
* Zendro maintenance.


Zendro is the product of a joint effort between the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany and the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, México, to generate a tool that allows efficiently building data warehouses capable of dealing with diverse data generated by different research groups in the context of the FAIR principles and multidisciplinary projects. The name Zendro comes from the words Zenzontle and Drossel, which are Mexican and German words denoting a mockingbird, a bird capable of “talking” different languages, similar to how Zendro can connect your data warehouse from any programming language or data analysis pipeline.

Zendro contributors in alphabetical order

Francisca Acevedo1, Vicente Arriaga1, Vivian Bass1, Katja Dohm3, Jaime Donlucas1, Constantin Eiteneuer2, Sven Fahrner2, Frank Fischer4, Asis Hallab2, Alicia Mastretta-Yanes1, Roland Pieruschka2, Erick Palacios-Moreno1, Alejandro Ponce1, Yaxal Ponce2, Francisco Ramírez1, Irene Ramos1, Franz-Eric Sill2, Bernardo Terroba1, Tim Rehberg3, Ulrich Schurr2, Verónica Suaste1, Björn Usadel2, David Velasco2, Thomas Voecking3 and Dan Wang2

Author affiliations

  1. CONABIO - Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, México
  2. Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  3. Auticon -
  4. InterTech -

Author contributions

Conceptualization, management and coordination of the project was done by Asis Hallab and Alicia Mastretta-Yanes. Software design was done by Asis Hallab. Programming, implementation and testing of the computer code was done by Vivian Bass, Katja Dohm, Constantin Eiteneuer, Asis Hallab, Francisco Ramírez, Tim Rehberg, Franz-Eric Sill, Veronica Suaste, David Velasco, Thomas Voecking and Dan Wang. Use case definitions were provided by Frank Fischer, Roland Pieruschka, Irene Ramos, and Björn Usadel. Acquisition of the financial support for the project was contributed by Francisca Acevedo, Vicente Arriaga and Björn Usadel. User experience and application of Zendro on data management projects was carried out by Vivian Bass, Jaime Donlucas, Asis Hallab, Alicia Mastretta-Yanes, Erick Palacios Moreno, Alejandro Ponce, Yaxal Ponce, Irene Ramos, Verónica Suaste and David Velasco. Writing the original draft of the manuscript and software documentation was done by Vivian Bass, Constantin Eiteneuer, Asis Hallab, Alicia Mastretta-Yanes, Irene Ramos, Franz-Eric Sill, Verónica Suaste and Dan Wang. Logo desing was done by Bernardo Terroba.


On the Mexican side, Zendro was developed with resources of the Global Environmental Fund though the Mexican Agrobiodiversity Project (GEF Project ID: 9380). On the German side Zendro was developed with resources of the projects [german grants here].