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Re: [pfaf] Re: An open souce plant database

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  • Richard Morris
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    Message 1 of 5 , Oct 3 1:25 AM
      Judy Phillips wrote:

      > Hello Richard
      > I am not a member of the pcplantdb mailing list (though perhaps I would like
      > to be?)

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      but thought I would post a few suggestions here, if you don't mind,
      > for you to pass along

      Great, have passed on.

      > There is an excellent piece of open source software called the Greenstone
      > Digital Library available for free at
      > http://www.greenstone.org/cgi-bin/library?a=p&p=home. It is quite easy to
      > use, attractively formatted, and materials can be assembled in html format
      > for online viewing or placed onto CD for distribution.

      Yes it look a nice bit of software. There are a few other things we need
      1) colaborative input. We need a mechanism for allowing info to be added.
      2) more sosphticated searches. Our data come highly structured. Free
      text searches a great but some searches, say trees greater than 10m
      which are hard to do.

      I might have a look at the code to see if it can meet our (Pfaf's)
      need for a CR-ROM version.

      > I have found this software very easy to use for it's flexibility. Libraries
      > can include any type of file--images, spreadsheets, documents, web pages,
      > even links to other sources online. An excellent search query feature allows
      > the user to enter keywords and come up with a compilation of all relevant
      > documents. There is are even multiple language interfaces! And since it is
      > an open source project, the techies out there among you could even tweek the
      > program to suit your specific needs.

      I may well do this.

      > As for the accessibility/cost issue--that is always a quandary. Obviously it
      > takes time and money to compile such a database and such efforts deserve
      > support! But my inclination is that information should be free and available
      > to all. My humble suggestion would be that the database be made available
      > for free online viewing, with a (searchable) CD containing all the relevant
      > literature made available for a fee. In keeping with the open source
      > philospohy, it would be quite easy for users to add their own materals to
      > the compilation to develop their personal "materia medica", regional dta,
      > guild notations, what-have-you.

      Not that far off how I envisage things.

      > Hope this is of some help to you. Thanks so much for all your hard work!

      Yes indeed.

      Rich

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    • Judy Phillips
      Hi Richard and thanks for the subscription info. I will check into it. ... Greenstone handles this quite well in my experience--clients could use anonymous ftp
      Message 2 of 5 , Oct 3 6:18 AM
        Hi Richard and thanks for the subscription info. I will check into it.

        > Yes it look a nice bit of software. There are a few other things we need
        > 1) colaborative input. We need a mechanism for allowing info to be added.

        Greenstone handles this quite well in my experience--clients could use
        anonymous ftp to upload a specified folder on the site where data is to be
        stored.

        > 2) more sosphticated searches. Our data come highly structured. Free
        > text searches a great but some searches, say trees greater than 10m
        > which are hard to do.

        Yes, that is a challenge. Perhaps each file could have a header record of
        some sort with this sort of data coded in as keywords so that it would be
        searchable? Or a separate searchable file could be created containing the
        structured data you require, which then links out to individual documents in
        the library? I am not a database design expert (anymore)--just musing.

        Perhaps I should get me over to the pcplantdb list to continue this
        conversation, rather than boring pfaf members with my wonderings. I have a
        techie friend who has collected a virtual cadre of utility programs to
        develop efficient searchable databases for geneological research. Seems the
        requirements might be quite similar. It may be that she can make some useful
        suggestions. I am so grateful for the plant database info that pfaf makes
        available online--would like to make some small contribution!

        Green blessings
        Judy Phillips
      • Mazza Verdante
        Please keep talking about this in this forum ~ I m trying to find a suitable DB platform for my local seedbank and these wonderings are of great interest.
        Message 3 of 5 , Oct 3 7:18 PM
          Please keep talking about this in this forum ~ I'm trying to find a suitable DB platform for my local seedbank and these 'wonderings' are of great interest.


          Mazza Verdante (Australia)


          Judy Phillips wrote:
          Hi Richard and thanks for the subscription info. I will check into it.

          > Yes it look a nice bit of software. There are a few other things we need
          > 1) colaborative input. We need a mechanism for allowing info to be added.

          Greenstone handles this quite well in my experience--clients could use
          anonymous ftp to upload a specified folder on the site where data is to be
          stored.

          > 2) more sosphticated searches. Our data come highly structured. Free
          > text searches a great but some searches, say trees greater than 10m
          > which are hard to do.

          Yes, that is a challenge. Perhaps each file could have a header record of
          some sort with this sort of data coded in as keywords so that it would be
          searchable? Or a separate searchable file could be created containing the
          structured data you require, which then links out to individual documents in
          the library? I am not a database design expert (anymore)--just musing.

          Perhaps I should get me over to the pcplantdb list to continue this
          conversation, rather than boring pfaf members with my wonderings. I have a
          techie friend who has collected a virtual cadre of utility programs to
          develop efficient searchable databases for geneological research. Seems the
          requirements might be quite similar. It may be that she can make some useful
          suggestions. I am so grateful for the plant database info that pfaf makes
          available online--would like to make some small contribution!

          Green blessings
          Judy Phillips





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