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Re: [pfaf] Re: Fwd: Call for help with an online Plant Database

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  • Paul Mackay
    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,
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 20, 2011
      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.



      On 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?

      --- In pfaf@yahoogroups.com, 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
      > Database&lt;http://www.beetlemoose.com/PlantDB/charSelect.php&gt;that is

      > 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.
      > Best,
      > Michael

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