TDWG Economic Botany Subgroup
- Name and address of respondent (including email).
- Please describe any database(s) that you are involved with that include(s) information on the social, cultural and economic value of plants. For instance include details of name, the range of data included, number of records etc.
- Do you use the Economic Botany Data Collection Standard to describe the uses of plants in your database.
- If yes to question 2
- How is it implemented? (e.g. in its entirety, or restricted to certain levels of the standard, or used as a list of terms)
- Do you use the current version or is your implementation based on an earlier prototype?
- Have you made any modifications in your implementation? If so what changes have you made?
- If no to question 2
- are you planning to use it in the future?
- do you use other methods or standards to record economic botany related data? Please give details.
- What do you think should be priorities for discussion by the TDWG Economic Botany Subgroup? Below are listed some of the suggestions already received. Which of the following would be important for you?
- Regarding the Economic Botany Data Collection Standard:
- Publishing it on WWW.
- Publishing the data model.
- Provision of information regarding its implementation in databases (e.g. help in avoiding problems of duplication).
- Explanation of perceived inconsistencies.
- Revision of the standard
- expansion of terms not covered in the standard, especially at levels 3;
- expansion of weaker areas e.g. Religious Uses, Environmental Uses;
- reorganisation of level 1 and 2;
- producing a more user friendly version.
- Regarding new standards
- Adopting or developing new standards pertaining to other aspects of the social, cultural and economic uses of plants,
- Cultural groups.
- Production, value and trade.
- Indigenous knowledge.
What additional aspects should be added to the priorities list.
To what extent would you like to be involved in the TDWG Economic Botany Subgroup? All levels of participation are welcome, but it would be useful to know those with particular experience and expertise who could help take some of the agreed priorities to their conclusion.
Please return to Frances Cook, Centre for Economic Botany, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9 3AE, UK or email