There is a new version (1.3) of Plant-O-Matic available on the iTunes store. The update focuses on the user experience, including two new key features:
- The ability to view a list of plant species from your own location, or choose a location from a map interface.
- A detailed page for each plant species in the list. This includes improvements to the photos of the species and access to text describing it drawn from Wikipedia.
These are modest changes a long time coming, but my hope is that they significantly improve the user experience.
As we reported in our open access description of the methods underlying Plant-O-Matic, much of the information we make available to support the identification of the 88,000 species in the database is currently quite limited. This most recent update has revealed once again just how much of this information is missing; we have a lot of work to do in order to collate the available data and even more to do to fill the gaps where no data exists. We’re excited about the challenge.