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.
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.