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Used by botanical gardens, arboreta and large estates, IrisBG is a complete database and software solution to manage your botanical collection. The database and software package is based on the latest developments in information technology, is easy to use, install and maintain.

vPlants is a virtual herbarium for the Chicago region in the US. Currently the site contains data for 72,000 plant specimens from three institutions with rich Chicago Region collections: the Field Museum of Natural History, The Morton Arboretum, and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Indian Medicinal Plants Database
This online Encyclopedia of Indian Medicinal Plants lists the information available with Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions on each medicinal plant species such as number of vernacular names, distribution data, trade, propagation, agro-technique, seed storage, and much more.

Bauble Botanical Collection Management
Bauble is a software application to help you (yes you) manage a collection of botanical specimens. It is intended to be used by botanic gardens, herbaria, arboreta, etc. to manage their collection information. It is a open, free, cross-platform alternative to BG-Base and similiar software.

Plants for a Future
Plants For A Future is a resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses. We practise vegan-organic permaculture with emphasis on creating an ecologically sustainable environment based largely on perennial plants.

Neotropical Herbarium Specimens
This site is an aid to the general identification of dried specimens of Neotropical plants. It will be most useful to professional biologists and others doing species inventories of natural areas, ecology, and ethnobotany. It's a desktop reference set of high-quality images of herbarium material.

About Bidoversity Informatics
Biodiversity informatics harnesses the power of computatational and information technologies to organize and analyze biological data from research collections, experiments, remote sensing, modeling, database searches and instrumentation – and deliver them to users throughout the world.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre - Wild Plants Database
This is the latest version of the Wild Plants Database and the number of data fields has increased and it is now linked to an extensive image library. There are also a number of other useful resources such as a botanic glossary.

The World Biodiversity Database
This is a new and completely revised World Biodiversity Database (WBD). The WBD allows you to search for information on any plants or animals in the world. These projects cover a total so far of 25472 unique taxa, plus an additional 3958 synonyms.

Directory of Botanical Collections in Britain and Ireland
This is a directory that Plant Network have devised, listing all the collections of UK Botanical Gardens in geographic order. An extremely useful resource if you are looking for specific plants, or a certain region's plants, within the British Isles.

Plantlife Species Dossiers
The Species Dossiers provide easy access to a wealth of detailed information on rare British plants. This includes identification, distribution, ecology, threats and management, as well as ideas, contacts and research areas.

BG-BASE is a powerful, well proven database application for managing records of collections of biological material. In wide use by botanic gardens, arboreta, and herbaria, BG-BASE facilitates basic inventory control, and enables users to fully document, label and curate their collections.

PlantCollections - A Community Solution
The Chicago Botanic Garden, in collaboration with APGA, the University of Kansas, and 15 public gardens nationwide, is developing PlantCollections, an online database to help analyse combined holdings, a first step in coordinating a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation.

Flora of China Online
Efloras brings together electronic floras into an online interface. Users can browse online floristic treatments by volume, family, and genus, and can search by name, distributional data, and text. With the use of web forms, editors and authors with permissions can correct and update the data.

Wikispecies: Plants
Wikispecies is a project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation with a great potential. It is meant to become an open, free directory of species. This will cover all forms of life and at this link you will find the Plantae classification. "Wikispecies is free. Because life is public domain!"

Australian Botanical Databases
The Australian National Botanical Gardens and the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research have compiled lists of databases relating to Australasian flora. The site is also rich with information about plants of Australia, including photographs and horticulture, and about botanic gardens in the area.

The Internet Directory for Botany
The Internet Directory of Botany is an index to botanical information available on the Internet, compiled by Anthony R. Brach. It started as a personal bookmark list of botanical sites and is now a large resource for the botanical community.

Providing the scientific basis for effective conservation, NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the trusted source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems in the Americas. Offers a searchable database of plants of the U.S. and Canada.

Native Seeds SEARCH
Through seed conservation and community interaction Native Seeds/SEARCH works to protect crop biodiversity and to celebrate American Southwestern and northwest Mexico cultural diversity. Today we safeguard 2000 varieties of arid-land adapted agricultural crops.

European Bioinformatics Institute
The EBI is a centre for research and services in bioinformatics. The Institute manages databases of biological data including nucleic acid, protein sequences and macromolecular structures. They offer researchers free, unrestricted access to some of the world's most important biological databases.

Google Earth
Want to know more about a specific location, anywhere on earth? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. This is one the most amazing things you can do on the internet so far...

Grasses Database
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has made available their comprehensive databases on grass species and synonymy.

SEPASAL is a database and enquiry service about useful "wild" and semi-domesticated plants of tropical and subtropical drylands, developed and maintained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

ePIC - Electronic Plant Information Centre
ePIC is a major project making Kew's digitised information about plants available online. It searches through Kew's collections, bibliographies, nomenclators and checklists, publications and taxonomic works, as well as external links and content on Kew's website. it's very impressive!

Website for the landscape architect, practiced gardener, amateur plant nerd & anyone in-between. It is primarily a site for plant research. The site features a 50,000 plant encyclopedia, a garden showcase, a forum, a members’ journal, seasonal topics of interest, & listings of local garden groups.

Tips on Using Databases
"If the users can't use it, it doesn't work - If it doesn't work, the users can't use it". If your non-profit has to deal with tech matters but you don't know a great deal about it, you will do well to look at this website. It introduces you to databases and lots of other tech matters, clearly.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Biodiversity and biodiversity information are essential to a sustainable future for society. GBIF is making recorded knowledge about biodiversity available to everyone using the Internet. Anyone with records of biodiversity can send data into GBIF to help build an online image of life on earth.


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