3rd European IrisBG User Conference – Summary, Slides and Recordings

IrisBG users held their 3rd User Conference at Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Friday 18thof May 2018.

This year, roughly 40 delegates from Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the UK came together to get inspired, to learn from other users and to grow the collective expertise.

For the 3rdtime the organising committee put together a programme consisting mainly of presentations from the user community. The presentations focus on community driven problem solving. Many of these discussions and presentations are not necessarily directly related to the capabilities of IrisBG, but they invariably give us at IrisBG very useful input on how we can further improve the software.

Please, have a look at the programme below, the presentations and the recordings.

Paul Smith, Secretary General of BGCI, opened the conference with a keynote speech on “Why botanic gardens need to share their collections and data with broader society”. This essentially contributed to keeping the discussions broad throughout the day, keeping in mind the ultimate goal of most botanic gardens – protecting the biodiversity of our world.

We would like to especially thank Paul Smith and the speakers from the user community for sharing the challenges they are facing in their daily work, and the delegates for thinking with them and contributing with their knowledge.  This made all of us grow!

We would also like to thank Pete Atkinson and the Cambridge University Botanic Garden for providing a very special location and being a warm-hearted host. Last but not least, we would like to thank Reinout Havinga and the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam for putting together a great programme and for tirelessly activating the user community.

Join us next year in Gothenborg on 29 April 2019!

Havard Ostgaard & Margherita Tinti


Opening and Welcome
Margherita Tinti, Community Manager, IrisBG
Pete Atkinson, Plant Records Officer, University of Cambridge Botanic Garden
Reinout Havinga, Head Garden and Collection, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

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Key Note Speech & Workshop
Why botanic gardens need to share their collections and data with broader society
Paul Smith, Secretary General, BGCI

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Workshop 1Accessible data: at what cost?
Åsa Kruger, Scientific Curator and Mats Havström, Head of Research and Collections, Gothenburg Botanic Garden

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Session 1 – Making the effort

Westonbirt Arboretum – How to make our mapping geographically accurate
Alison Vry, Database & Records Officer, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

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Multilingual data entry – at what cost?
Ralf Omlor, Curator, Botanic Garden of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

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Session 2 – Optimizing your work flow

Importing collection data. Using the import function to import field collection data into accessions and update Items.
Pete Atkinson, Plant Records Officer, University of Cambridge Botanic Garden

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Cleaning the cupboard: how to prioritize between stock taking efficiency and plant history recording using the item in IrisBG
Chantal Posthouwer, Collection Manager a.i., Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

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Unfortunately, due to technical issues, there is no recording of this session.


Workshop 2 – Mobile Plant Records
Havard Ostgaard, IrisBG

The recommendations received during this session are very much appreciated – it improved the IrisBG app considerably. Expected date of release: end of the summer 2018.

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Session 3 – Inclusive collection management

Involving staff and volunteers in record keeping: the more the merrier?
Martin Smit, Curator, Stellenbosch University Botanic Garden

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Visitor access – inviting the public in to our databases
Anneleen Kool, Associate Professor, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo

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Advanced IrisBG training by Havard Ostgaard, IrisBG

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Impressions of the day

 

 

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