Systematics/Phytogeography / Taxonomie/ Section
Guala, Gerald. .
From blank page to online interactive key in 15 minutes.
Contrary to popular perception, building and deploying online interactive keys need not be difficult, expensive or time-intensive. All of the necessary elements are free and require no specialized knowledge to employ. A complete multimedia interactive key will be constructed and deployed online during the course of this presentation. Numerous good systems exist for this and (SLIKS) Stinger's Lightweight Interactive Key Software (www.stingersplace.com/SLIKS), which is free, and a free web hosting service will be used in this case. The USDA NCRS PLANTS database (plants.usda.gov) now has more than half of all of the vascular plant species in the USA either in online keys already or contracted to be in completed online interactive keys in the next year. This continuing project allows the community to reuse and customize the PLANTS keys for such things as regional or local keys, restricted sets of species, or other identification and teaching tools using creative combinations of PLANTS data and images with their own. Examples will be given.
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Stinger\'s Lightweight Interactive Key Software (SLIKS)
USDA NRCS PLANTS Database
1 - USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center, P.O. Box 74490, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70874-4490, USA
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Time: 1:15 PM