As we approach the end of 2021, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have taken part and engaged with us through these difficult times. Since joining Candide in 2020, we have been “rethinking plant records” and been solving challenges for the community. Here, we look back at our final webinar of 2021, entitled “Hortis is coming to town”.
Wishing all our community members a wonderful festive season, and look forward to working with you in 2022.
A healthy plant records database is vital for the effective management of a plant collection. If you are not able to rely on your data, the value of investing time in keeping records in the first place, is put into question. In our last webinar, we explored the topic of healthy plant records and how they help towards becoming a data-driven institution.
Our last webinar was all about Collection Value Scoring. No matter the mission and focus of your garden and collection, there is always the question of how you can better understand and communicate its value. What is the value of the collection to your garden? And how does this relate to its mission and purpose?
At the virtual annual American Public Gardens Association conference in June, we launched Hortis, our next generation plant collection platform. Here we share our key findings from the event, titled “Rethinking Plant Records”, and from its follow-up.
In many regions of the world, more than 75% of the population has a smartphone. Consequently, with the technological advancements in smartphone photography, most people have a very good camera within easy reach. For botanic gardens, it is without doubt that historic images and contemporary photographs both hold vital information and purpose.
With more seamless image capture and management workflows, there is certainly a lot of potential to increase the usefulness of photographs in plant collections. Luckily there are new technology and software development techniques that can help us make this process easier.
In botanic gardens and collection management, we often find that fruitful collaboration can play a vital role in the garden’s pursuit to reach its goals. The importance of having the ability to innovate and adapt in our industry cannot be overstated. We are continuously presented with exciting new innovations, many of which can radically change the way we perceive actions and processes.
We want to do what we can to help you on that journey.