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Re: Looking for volunteers with free time and scanners :)
gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: Looking for volunteers with free time and scanners :)
  • From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 16:03:49 -0500

If I had a scanner I'd be all over this dear.  can't use the one at work or
they would WIG out.

On 9/22/10, sundrops@earthlink.net <sundrops@earthlink.net> wrote:
>
> Chris, a most interesting project!  I wish you well with it.  Sorry there
> is not much I can do to help.
> --Barb, Grass Valley CA
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <
> lindsey@mallorn.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 4:45 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Looking for volunteers with free time and scanners :)
>
>
>  Hi guys,
>>
>> I started a project for hort.net recently that I hope to roll out in
>> spring, 2011.  In true Chris fashion it's much too large of a project for
>> me to do alone, but I'm going to try something different and ask for help.
>>
>> I'm trying to set up a virtual herbarium -- plant parts are scanned
>> along with a gray swatch (for color correction) and a penny (for scale),
>> cropped, and saved.  The plan is to write software that will:
>>
>>  . automatically color correct the scans
>>  . automatically measure the sizes of the leaves (a penny is .75" exactly)
>>  . analyze the range of colors on all specimens for a given plant
>>  . analyze the leaf shape for use in dichotomous keys and to
>>    calculate surface area, etc.
>>
>> Leaves will be scanned both from the top and the bottom to note any
>> differences.  Other aspects of the plants, such as fall color, will also
>> be scanned.  Leaves or flat plant parts will be the only characteristics
>> scanned initially, and all plants need to be identified/labeled correctly
>> first.  Cultivars with notable leaf differences will also be scanned.
>>
>> What I'm looking for is people who are willing to scan leaves and send
>> them to me.  Fall (and then winter!) is coming fast, so there's not much
>> time.  If I have a decent catalog of plant material to work with I can do
>> much of the programming over the winter.
>>
>> I'm interested in cataloging *everything* -- weeds, houseplants, trees,
>> shrubs, ferns, vines..  If it fits on your flatbed scanner, I want it.
>> :)
>>
>> I try to do a dozen or so per day.  I walk a different route home from
>> work, collect leaves from plants that I know, then scan them while working
>> on the computer or watching TV.
>>
>> So...  If you're interested in participating, send me an email and I'll
>> give you more information.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Chris
>>
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-- 
Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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