Since there have been lots of rumors about the AIS Iris wiki I wanted to set the record straight. With fifteen board members voting a few weeks ago, 15 voted yes and 0 no votes The board of directors of AIS approved the following motion:
"That the AIS create the Iris Encyclopedia; an information resource in a wiki format which allows registered users to upload comments and photos. These pages are verified by knowledgeable docents who create and or monitor pages for accuracy. The rock on which this data is built is the registrations created by the international Registrar. And that the Wiki always be viewable freely and universally"
I think that better explains what we have been doing and gives an even stronger mandate to continue our work. The wiki’s potential seems even greater now then ever. I believe at present we have about 10,000 Iris cultivars up and about 6,000 pictures. Since there are believed to be 80,000 Irises both historic and present creating a complete encyclopedia will not happen for a few years. Yet I have already heard from some of our docents that it is becoming already a useful tool. Potentially it will have lots of information, not available from other sources. The plan is to make it visible on the AIS website this Summer. By that time I expect there will be between 30,000 to 40,000 cultivars listed. While some could have up to 20 photos each many will have none. To achieve this goal, we would need twice the number of workers on our team. So any of you who would like to be a part of this grand project would be welcome. You must send me an e-mail so that I know you desire to be a docent. The first step is to go to the wiki at http://wiki.irises.org/bin/view and in the welcome area there is a place to register. After you are registered send me an e-mail that you would like to contribute. Photos remain the property of the photographer and can not be used without permission for other sites or publications. Fair use implies they might be used at a one time event such as a club sale but not to sell Irises on e-bay. The photo files are required to be small and would not print well but if you identify you photo in the comments box when you upload garden writers could find you to get higher resolution pictures for publication and purchase. Although there was a red herring thrown out about copying descriptions from the Iris register the above motion should make it clear that there is no copyright violation for use in the wiki. I would be delighted to have many new workers so come and join us. Bob Pries