The Missouri Botanical Garden proposes to develop a database of plant images linked to associated database records and make it available through the World Wide Web. This project will have two major results:
The images for this project will come from two sources:
This centralized source of plant images will serve botanical researchers, as well as anyone with a need for correctly identified plant images linked to authoritative information. Time and travel expenses for visiting botanical gardens will be saved because researchers will have Web access to answer many of their questions.
The slide collections will be preserved through accepted preservation practices. The digital images will be preserved as part of the Garden's ongoing commitment to the maintenance and accessibility of its many databases.
This two-year project will be carried out with the assistance of three technicians under the supervision of Garden staff. The project will use Garden staff expertise to build upon proven methods and technologies. The result will be an expandable plant images database available for institutional and public use.