Worldwide Botanical Knowledge Base
The immediate goal is to develop a Web application to make
user-friendly requests on large XML database.
The ultimate goal is to develop a Computer-assisted specimen
identification, allowing anyone to identify any plant. It will involve
lots of free-software techniques (natural language processing, 2D and 3D
images analysis and generation) to help both the end-user and the
content providers (botanists and ecologists). We want to leverage on
emerging but time-lasting technologies like XML, Web services, Semantic
Web, etc. This a free-software and free-content project.
Finally, there is a non-technical goal: help protecting Nature and
endangered species, by allowing anyone to participate in its inventory.
Alas today Nature is like a store with lots of merchandise on the
shelves, but with no computerized inventory, and not even labels on the
boxes. We want to remedy to that, and make all that information
available to all Humanity.
Prototypes: Query page: http://wwbota.free.fr/Samples/search.html
; Response page: http://wwbota.free.fr/Samples/DisplayDescriptions/speciesGUI.htm?URL=species.xml
http://wwbota.free.fr/project/spec/spec-Web-GUI.html , older: http://wwbota.free.fr/ApplicationSpec.htm
web interface at sourceforge
Link to the project
page on SourceForge :