How the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Facilitates Conservation & Education Through Online Information Resources
Using the structure and theory of the information lifecycle, this paper evaluates a database within a non-traditional museum: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
We performed site visits, an interview with key staff and website analysis to understand how the Wildflower Center creates, maintains and publishes a database of entries related to plants in their Native Plant Database. The paper considers current aspects of information flow surrounding the database and offers analysis of how database content is created, found, used, and shared. The work concludes with recommendations on how the Wildflower Center might reach wider audiences and more effectively actualize their goal of preserving native landscapes through the Native Plant Database.
Authors: Althea Logan, Casey Newbegin, Sandra Sweat and Amanda Winograd
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