Maintaining computerized records of NTBG’s living, herbarium, and library collections is essential to the effective management and usefulness of the collections. This requires specialized databases. Each “item” in the collections, be it a plant, a voucher, or a book, is assigned a unique number and all relevant data is recorded.
In order to facilitate access by staff, visiting researchers, and students to all the available information about a particular species, we are planning to create an interface between the separate electronic records for each of the collections. At its most basic, such a network will help staff and others track, for example, the exact location where a particular plant is growing in the living collections, whether our herbarium collections contains a voucher, and what literature on the particular species is in our research library.
Once this interface is completed, the next step will be to make more of this information available on the NTBG website.
Information on a number of plants growing in the gardens is available, now and in the future, as part of our Meet the Plants section of this website.