Hi! I'm K4.
I took up hobby gardening and amateur botany as a way to put my open-source software job down sometimes... until I noticed that those things could go together in new and interesting ways. I've been building an open, highly-queryable plant/growing database that anyone can edit or help curate. Nothing really to show off yet (I'm up to my eyeballs in initial data imports rn), but there is a blog up at blog.plantdata.io with project updates.

/me waves enthusiastically


I spent a long time looking at the classification of plants and online data repositories a few years back.

You seen practicalplants.org ?

Its a jazzed up mediawiki and does some interesting stuff

@dazinism Ah! I think I had sort of brushed up against practicalplants.org at some point, but I clearly didn't look at it hard enough. Cool stuff! Didn't realize it was mediawiki.


Yeah it does some neat stuff with the data, kind of what it sounded like you were thinking about?

Its sadly been a bit neglected lately, think the wiki aspect makes it extra valuable (anyone can jump in and add info).

The dev behind it is v. nice/friendly. Also clearly talented.

Sure they would be most happy if more stuff started happening there.

@dazinism Oh yeah, I definitely had started getting some very basic stuff going on via Wikibase, with the idea that: Yes, openly curating is clearly the way to go. It was also a great excuse for me to finally dig in to Wikibase. That stuff definitely has quite the learning curve...
I wonder how practicalplants is storing their data. I think I'll go ask.

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