It seems only a moment ago Dr M was deleting his talk at the last Annual Exhibition Meeting of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (Natural History Museum, London 2013 – and if you missed it, he retrieved it and you can revisit it here and here).
Although Dr M is not allowed on stage this year (well after last year, who can blame them!) he will be on his eXtreme botanical soap box, this time tackling the thorny electronic issue of Plant Appability.
Technology is bringing us more and more each day, there’s an App for almost everything, even for plant ID!
- but how good are they?
- and will they ever supersede hard copy keys and flower guides?
- or will they always be just an optional extra?
To address these questions, Dr M will be inviting BSBI AEM participants to check out some recent botanical Apps.
Appability testing will include:
Dr M will also be pleased to hear from participants about their experiences of any other Apps, especially ones that work!
Dr M is a fan of internet technology (hence DrMGoesWild) but Dr M is also a huge and devoted fan of the traditional tools of the eXtreme botanists trade – hard copy keys and wildflower guides, the herbarium and the library, not to mention brilliant teachers – and these play such a formative and fundamental role in educating the eXtreme botanist they will never be superseded.
BUT (and it is a biggish, though perfectly proportioned BUT) technology leaps ahead and continually surprises Dr M (OK so it occasionally disappoints too, but hell that’s life), so Dr M expects that the coming years will see technology and brilliant and creative technological and botanical minds developing and delivering better and better support to work alongside traditional plant ID.