Designing an Information System for J&K Flora
Peerzada Mohammad Iqbal
M. Phil Scholar in Department of Library & Information Science, Msc – IT StudentThe University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K
This paper discusses Floral Potential of Jammu & Kashmir (FPOK), a project todigitize the indigenous knowledge of flora of J&K, developed at DLISc in collaborationwith DSIR, which provide detailed information about herbs and shrubs. The project portrays botanical, chemical information and indigenous knowledge about the flora of J&K while as each record provides links and active buttons for retrieving images, searching scholarly publications. This paper discusses the whole project, its technical and Plant database.
Flora, Digital Herbarium, Digital Library of Plants.
Man’s dependence on plants is inevitable. More than 50 million species of plantsand animals including invertebrates and micro-organisms occur on earth and hardly 2million have been described so far
(Kant & Sharma, 2000).
India happens to be a megadiversity nation harboring a rich repository of floral wealth. About 167 economic plantshave centre of origin / diversity located in India along with 320 species of wild relativeand races our state is one of India’s biodiversity hot-spots nurturing a huge floral treasuremajority of which has high economic potential.However during the recent decade there has been immense loss of biodiversity.About 70% of identified medicinal plants of India Himalayas are expired to destructiveharvesting
(Dhar et.al 2000).
In Kashmir Himalaya too about 10% of higher flora isunder threat
(Dar & Naqshi 2001).
The need of the hour is to ensure that the existing plants (germplasm) for which their knowledge is essential is to be preserved and welldisseminated.The existing bookish knowledge about plants, though highly valuable is highlyscattered and not easily accessible to the students, General public, entrepreneurs etc. On