Let’s Write the Flora of India

Since the publication of “The Flora of British India”, it is a century; we were just waiting for new quest, which can fulfill the paucity of knowledge in Floral Biodiversity.  It is the time, when we have attained this maturity that no single organization or university can write the Flora of India. Further in the digital age the demands of community are more towards the scientific community. Publishing a book with description and Identification keys just doesn’t work. The age is to provide much more information like photos of morphological features, herbarium specimens, distribution maps with point localities, data on vernacular names, Ecological details, major threats to the species, data of invasive and alien species, phytochemical and molecular data etc., which can serve better to the policy makers, filed managers, environmentalist and other stack holders in area of conservation.

This is possible, How?

IBIS-Flora gives the platform to those who work in area of plant biology to write the flora of India from any corner of the India. We understand that there are thousands of scientist, naturalists, and students working in the different area of plant science. We have developed separate corner for each specialist. One may good in photography or describing a plant or phytochemistry of plant/s. A special infrastructure is provided for the same.

Why to Edit/share data in IBIS-Flora?

1) Your Portal, Your Citation, your copyright

The advantage of editing/correcting data in this portal is, on sharing of photograph, description, database you will be the part of the IBIS-Flora team and in the citation module of that content page your name will be edited. Thus you will be the author of content you share.

2) Technical Infrastructure

Scratchpads are an easy and effective way to present your data online. Whether you just want to publish on the web, construct a database or assemble a formal manuscript, Scratchpads always helps you. Scratchpads lets you connect with your community. All Scratchpads sites are search engine friendly. Scratchpads sites usually rank on top in Google search results when relevant taxa and keywords are used. Scratchpads lets you create your content online. One can submit original data present in your scratchpad directly to peer-reviewed journals for publication (eg. Biodiversity data Journal).

3) World wide acceptance

Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy (ViBRANT), e-Infrastructures, Natural History Museum, eMonocots (An online resource for monocot plants) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are the authorities, who have developed the scratchpads.

4) Data standards

In IBIS-Flora, from the beginning of the work, we have followed International standards. We have tried to use correct orthography, abbreviations of authors are used according to R.K. Brummitt & C.E.Powell (Eds.), Authors of plant names, 1992 and references according to IPNI. References of Regional Floras or journals from where the name is taken are provided. Circumscription of taxa upto the family level followed according to APG III system.

5) Filters at many level

Off course, while reading the above text, the question must have arouse in your mind, there must be a community ranging from students to scientist, who upload the data in this portal. Then what will be the authenticity of the data? For that a reviewers panel will be set up who will be keeping eye on each uploads.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith