Re: [pfaf] Re: Fwd: Call for help with an online Plant Database
- About the database as a wiki idea, I thought I might some work I've been doing with Freebase. I've created a couple of Freebase sites around plants, horticulture and permaculture:
The permaculture one needs a bit more work in terms of the design but the plants one is a relatively straightforward collection of properties about plants.
paulOn Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 1:18 PM, thegreenbackpack <matthewklynch@...> wrote:
why not make your database a wiki, to make it easier for everyone to contribute?> Database<http://www.beetlemoose.com/PlantDB/charSelect.php>that is
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, refugia <refugia@...> wrote:
> Hi Permaculturalists,
> Can you spare a few hours for some data entry for a Permaculture project?
> I am in the process of creating a Permaculture Plant
> free and open to the public. There are about 300 plants in the
> database so far with characteristics that Permaculturalists might find
> useful: Functions, physical description, blooming times, beneficial insects
> attracted, etc. In the near future, users will be able to leave comments
> about their experiences with certain plants so in this way users can learn
> from each other.
> My hope is that the more information that is in the database, the more it
> can help novice Permaculturalists like myself find the plants to fill
> certain niches in the garden. The thing is, I need some help with data
> entry. I have lists of scores of plants (mainly perennials) and many of
> their characteristics, and I want to put the word out that anyone interested
> in volunteering a few hours for this project would be greatly appreciated.
> If you reply to me I can supply you with the plant lists and a user-friendly
> Excel template on which to record the information.
> The effort requires some computer experience (Excel spreadsheets, drop-down
> boxes), and some knowledge of plants would be helpful. The benefits include
> getting familiar with plants that fit into various Permaculture patterns,
> and potentially helping to develop the project further.
> So that's my pitch. Thanks for reading! Hope to hear from you soon.