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History of PlantNET

The PlantNET system provides access to data resulting from research work by Scientific staff of the National Herbarium of New South Wales.
Date Version Concept Design Programming Status
January 1999 1.0 Barry Conn
National Herbarium of New South Wales (NSW)
Alan Brooks
KE Software, Sydney Australia (KE)
First released for selected external testing. Database powered by KE texpress Software, interogated by texhtml scripts for web delivery.

Data based on Jacobs & Pickard (1981) "Plants of New South Wales - A census of the Cycads, Conifers and Angiosperms"

In 1992, Jacobs & Pickard (1981) was converted to Census, an electronic texpress database (developed by Gary Chapple and Ken Hill)

March 1999 1.1
Barry Conn (NSW)

Alan Brooks (KE)
Gary Chapple (NSW)

Released for general use: WeedAlert first module completely functional (partly funded by Weed CRC)

NSWplants module providing lists of accepted plant names

November 1999 1.2 Barry Conn (NSW)
Ken Hill (NSW)
Alan Brooks (KE)
Gary Chapple (NSW)
Ken Hill (NSW)
Plants@Risk module introduced for vulnerable plants. The Cycad Pages website (1989) was linked to PlantNET
2000-2002 1.3 Barry Conn (NSW)
Ken Hill (NSW)
Tim Entwisle (NSW)
Nick Yee (NSW)
Alan Brooks (KE)
Gary Chapple (NSW)
Ken Hill (NSW)
Hosting of several sites incorporated into the PlantNET suite of modules. Information added included: Casuarinaceae (2001) and , EucaLink and WattleWeb (June 2001), and Australian Freshwater Algae (2001) were added
2003-2004 1.4 Design based on previous website

Alan Brooks (KE)
Steven Morton (KE)

Direct linkage of PlantNET to the NSW Collections database (KE EMu Software) of the Botanic Gardens Trust. Version not released because of technical problems.
March 2004 2.0

Barry Conn (NSW)
Ken Hill (NSW)
Linn Linn Lee (NSW)

Ken Hill (NSW)
Linn Linn Lee (NSW)

Major redesign of PlantNET based around the new FloraOnline module designed by Ken Hill (NSW). Expansion of the search options in NSWplants, incorporating the old Plants@Risk module.

Data exported from NSW Collections database (KE EMu Software) to searchable files, with collection records spatially index using a Postgres database (developed by Ken Hill).

Concept of interactive identification keys and full descriptions introduced in the FloraOnline module (developed by Ken Hill).

Spatially indexed data available for distribution searches (developed by Ken Hill).

Images introduced throughout PlantNET

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