Growing vocabularies for plant identification and scientific learning

Jane Greenberg, Bryan Heidorn, Stephen Seiberling, Alan S. Weakley

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This paper reports on U-PLanT's (University of North Carolina Plant Language Team) vocabulary solutions, including Project OpenKey vocabulary developments. The paper explores the meaning of vocabulary; discusses plant keys, plant taxonomy, and descriptive vocabulary used for plant identification; introduces U-PLanT's research and development activities and current inquiry. Vocabulary solutions presented include a suite of vocabulary tools, a preliminary process model with steps for the development of vocabulary tools, and guiding principles for the development of descriptive plant vocabulary. This work has been conducted to address the student/scientist vocabulary gap and facilitate student access to primary scientific resources found in education digital initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-110
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications
StatePublished - 2005
Event5th International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, DC-2005 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Sep 12 2005Sep 15 2005


  • Descriptive vocabulary
  • Metadata
  • Plant taxonomy
  • Plant vocabulary
  • Primary resources
  • Science education digital libraries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software


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