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Screencast software presentation at the 7. SIDG Kongress

Poster and software presentation at the 7. SIDG kongress / dialekt 2.0 & wboe100
Vienna, 23.07.2012 – 28.07.2012
@ Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

The Medieval Plant Survey ( is a web portal for interdisciplinary and international research of medieval plants and their lore. The WordPress based online software utilized by this site is designed to meet the need for content creation and storage while addressing the current situation of decentralised research. In this presentation we will outline how we setup data management as well as inter-scholarly networking and communication.

The website’s main features are its plant name indices, the text archive, and the research database. The indices include historical and contemporary plant names in six different languages, which are all interlinked based on their meaning. The text archive consists of primary texts as well as research literature, and a comprehensive bibliographic database through which this part of the data is connected. The research database hosts all metadata as well as semantic relations (e.g. the interconnection of primary and secondary texts with different plant names), it also stores comments, research findings, and author and versioning information.

Historical texts form the center of our research as they are our most important link to the past. To provide maximum interoperability, all of our data is available in appropriate markup formats. This is why our software integrates via the TextGrid-Middleware to the Textgrid Network (, the features of which we use to apply adequate xml tagging.

Networking and user-interaction is handled by the WordPress software and suitable plug-ins, which offer sufficient features to support user interaction in the scientific field, which to date has been minimal. The most requested feature is that all user-to-data interaction (text and metadata input and correction as well as commenting) is accounted for by user name. Discussions happen in the comments section of the entries. To encourage increased scholarly interaction and to provide science-to-public information flow, all data is available on an open access basis.

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Poster: Helmut W. Klug: Poster – Portal der Pflanzen des Mittelalters


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