Review

Insights into the development of online plant identification keys based on literature review: an exemplar electronic key to Australian Drosera

Robyn E. Drinkwater

University of Reading

Received:

29 Sept 2008

Accepted:

24 Jan 2009

Published:

18 Feb 2009

Volume:

2

Issue:

1

Keywords:

interactive keys, Drosera, web-based key, multi-access

Abstract:

Keys are traditionally created from data gathered from real observations, which can be a complex and time-consuming process. With a large number of texts containing written descriptions of species, data needed for the creation of a key are already available. A number of published works on Drosera were chosen and the data in these were used to create an interactive, web-based key. The types of data used were evaluated for ease of use and accuracy and the effectiveness of purely literature-based data was tested. The resulting key highlighted a number of problems of using characters and states which have not been observed, as well as showing that literature-based research can lead to a workable key.

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