Archive for July, 2007

GrassBase User map thanks to Google Analytics

19/07/2007 2 comments

Grass Website HitsHow anybody can even think about running a website without using something like Google Analytics is beyond me. I’ve just done an update (last friday) of our species descriptions and am now tracking views of all pages thanks to this amazing facility. It’s really gratifying to see that we’re being usedby all sorts of people, all over the place.

Categories:Google, GrassBase

iptc |

16/07/2007 Leave a comment

This is very encouraging – this means that pictures that I have classified within Picasa, F-spot, G-Thumb, etc.

iptc |
iptc is a module that will extract iptc caption and keyword tags from images added to drupal.
It depends on the image module.

It uses a plugin system to allow different libraries to be utilised to extract the data from
an image.

Currently it’s supporting the standard php functions, the exiftool binary, the exiv2 binary.

This module is sponsored by

Categories:useful modules

BPH-2: Periodicals with Botanical Content – Please make them electronic!!!

13/07/2007 1 comment

I’ve been using the famous BPH-2: Periodicals with Botanical Content to standardise journal names in GrassBase, and I have endless frustration with the fact that this work is a standard for TDWG but it is not available electronically. If the standard hopes to be useful towards projects like the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Encyclopaedia of Life, then it should also be freely available to all the peoples of the world, not just the relatively few specialist botanical libraries that have the money to pay for it. It’s published in 2004, so the text must have been electronic at some point in its lifetime, so even if you didn’t use a database when writing it, it would be a lot easier to search if it were electronic (even a PDF would be great). And please use a Creative Commons licence Creative Commons Licence Plus if you do it you’ll get lots of Kudos. And a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Oh and you may well get cited a lot more.


Compiled by Gavin D. R. Bridson. 2004. 2 volumes. v–xx, 1,470 pp.; 8 1/2 x 11″; 10 lbs. Cloth bound, $130 plus insurance ($3.20 domestic; $3.40 international) and shipping and handling. ISBN 0-913196-78-9.

BPH-2, a second edition of Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum (1968), is an alphabetical title list of periodicals with botanical content. Spanning 1665 to 2002, BPH-2 includes more than 33,000 titles from around the


HOW TO: Drupal as database: A one to many scenario for displaying the data |

12/07/2007 Leave a comment

HOW TO: Drupal as database: A one to many scenario for displaying the data
Drupal 5.x
The Scenario:

This scenario works from a point of view that a drupal node-type is equivalent to a database table. This scenario uses CCK, Views and Contemplate and optionally prepoulute to achieve its results. There are other scenarios and other modules that can relate and group nodes and node-types, which are not addressed within.

A good way to work a relational database with CCK

Categories:useful modules

He’s got a job

10/07/2007 Leave a comment

A very moving video – really makes you think


uBrowser |

05/07/2007 Leave a comment

uBrowser looks pretty cool – allows the user to drill down quite quickly – pretty good for a taxonomic classification.

Has a demo on:

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