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