Plants on the web
Robert A. (Bob) Morris
ram at CS.UMB.EDU
Fri Oct 5 09:38:45 CDT 2001
Consider google's new beta image search facility www.image.google.com
Pay attention to the tabs at the top of the result page, which switch
between thumbnail lists and descriptive texts. Of course, the usual
problem of too many hits applies, but searching on the scientific name
of a not well-studied species will often bring satisfactory results.
Of course, this will not bring results that are behind database
applications, which is where the most interesting stuff lies. For this
some more sophisticated information discovery mechanisms are required,
which by and large don't yet exist. There are a number of
efforts underway to produce such for biodiversity data.
Piet Stoffelen writes:
> Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 08:25:10 +0200
> From: Piet Stoffelen <piet at BR.FGOV.BE>
> To: TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG
> Subject: Plants on the web
> Often we receive requests for images of plants, sometimes we can help
> with slides made by staff members, but often we are not able to do so.
> Last week we received a similar question from a staff member of a
> service which has to implement the legislation on the protection of
> plants and vegetations. They asked for an url with plant names, family
> names, photo's etc.
> For plant names I would suggest the Mabberley, IPNI and Tropicos
> webside. But for images and identifications I don't know very well which
> I would suggest.
> Dr. Piet Stoffelen
> National Botanic Garden of Belgium
> Domein van Bouchout
> B-1860 Meise
> Phone: +32-(0)2-269.39.05 ---------- Fax: +32-(0)2-270.15.67
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