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PlantNET is our science website, created and maintained by Herbarium staff, delivering information about plants. PlantNET acts as a 'banner' or 'brand' under which the following web services are aggregated:
Work is ongoing to keep PlantNET as up-to-date, informative and user friendly as possible. Targets are decided by a PlantNET Committee.
Plants in the Botanic Gardens
The following pdf files are alphabetical lists by genus of plants held in the three Botanic Gardens, including the collection of cultivars. The lists are current at December 2014 and will be updated every six months.
Data Management and NSW Collections Database Report 2012-2013
Gary Chapple - Plant Information Network Officer and Wayne Cherry - Technical Officer PlantNet
Providing access to data associated with our collections is a priority as there has been continued demand for this data both nationally and internationally. One of these projects, Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH), delivered through the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is an online resource that provides integrated access to collections information from all Australian herbaria. The AVH continued to receive regular updates of our herbarium specimen records. Similarly we have started to supply our seed bank collection data to the Australian Seed Bank Project. When launched, it will provide web access to collection data for all Australian seed bank collections.
Another important international project is the Global Plants Initiative through which plant type specimens are imaged and made available on-line.
During the year, Gary Chapple and Wayne Cherry attended the annual general meeting of the Herbarium Information Systems Committee (HISCOM) in Canberra, 12-13 November 2012. Participants in HISCOM include information technology representatives from each of the Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory herbaria and representatives from New Zealand herbaria. They deal with the development and application of new technologies to herbarium management, botanical research and information delivery. Discussions focused on the ongoing management of AVH.
Streamlining Record Management
Gary Chapple also attended the the 10th Australasian EMu User Conference hosted by Museum Victoria, 11-12 September 2012. EMu, short for Electronic Museum management system, is used to record and manage both the herbarium and living (Garden) collections. A wide range of topics, including web delivery of collections information, archives management, oral histories, new implementations and new developments were discussed.
The Plant Information Group, comprised of staff responsible for collections record work in the herbarium and across all Garden sites, met quarterly throughout the year to discuss progress in particular areas, raise issues and report technical problems requiring attention.
A collaborative project with staff from the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney nursery was commenced to automate the upload of nursery and garden stock control data, generated via a barcode system, to our collections management system. The initial stages of this project have been spent learning the system, fixing known bugs and adding missing functionality. When completed, this project will streamline recordmanagement for nursery and garden staff.
No new features were added to PlantNET this year, though minor bug fixes have been put in place as they have been notified. It remains a popular service averaging about 950 unique visits each day.
PlantNET report 2012-2013
Louisa Murray - Flora Botanist
PlantNet is the Trust's science website. The central component of it is the Flora Online with information and descriptions of every native plant (and many weeds species) in New South Wales. The updating of names and the status of species rarity is an enormous task and has continued throughout this year.
The progress with PlantNET of updating genera in to the current families as set out by APG 12 (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group 12) is ongoing, with Plantaginaceae and Scophulariaceae now complete.
With the aid of volunteers we have been able to add many additional digital images of the plant specimens from our herbarium collection of the species that occur within New South Wales. Feedback has encouraged us to add many good quality colour photos and line drawings to the species pages.
Answering the public queries and problems with PlantNET is a rewarding process and we always look forward to hearing from our web users. They often point out the parts of the website that do not work or update us with extra information that has come from seeing and collecting species in the field.
Tracking weed species is an important focus and we engage with botanists from other organisations and the general public to collect specimens for new records for New South Wales. These records are quickly added to PlantNET in order to let the public know what introduced species are in the State, and to comment and discuss their weed potential.
Viola betonicifolia subsp. novaguineensis
Viola banksii (above); Viola Silicestris (below). Artist: C Wardrop