Make your own plant books - a world first for on-line publishing
14 October 2011
The "Make-your-own plant book" system works by automatically harvesting information and images from the New Zealand Plant Network’s website (www.nzpcn.org.nz). Website users select any combination of native or exotic plant species to include in their own personalised book. They then select a cover type, write their own title, choose a species to feature on the cover, write their own introduction or select a pre-written one.
This innovative conservation initiative, believed to be a world first, establishes the Plant Network as a leader in the provision of information about New Zealand’s natural world.
"For gardeners, farmers, government agencies, community restoration groups and botanists, this new book making system will be a revelation" says Network President Philippa Crisp. "Whether you want to make a book about cabbage trees or cabbages, kowhai or kiwifruit, podocarps or pine trees or even a book about the plants in your own garden, this system enables the user to do just that".
This project has been in development for two years and uses information stored on the website of the Plant Conservation Network. The website is a primary reference point for those interested in New Zealand’s native or exotic plants and receives more than 10 million hits annually. It holds information about all New Zealand plants with more than 23,000 images and 6,500 species pages.
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