A New Flora of the Pacific Northwest
A project by the Burke Museum Herbarium
Methods

Our primary goal is to generate a printed flora in a format resembling the 1973 Flora, including a similar layout with indented keys, line drawings adjacent to key leads, and familiar wording. Secondary goals include the creation of an online web site for the flora, a regional checklist, and identification apps for smartphones and tablets based on the Flora contents.

We will employ a small, core group of individuals to revise and write treatments and keys, thereby maintaining consistency among treatments, simplifying project management, and ensuring a timely completion. Taxonomic and regional experts will be consulted as appropriate to write or review treatments.

Line drawings for species not covered in the current Flora will be obtained from existing publications where possible, or through arrangements with one or more scientific illustrators to create new drawings.

Workflows & Technology

We are developing the new Flora using a digital framework. All content for the new Flora will ultimately reside in a structured database, allowing maximum flexibility in displaying and repurposing the contents. Our approach keeps the new Flora from remaining locked up on the printed page.

The following diagram describes the workflow we have developed, under the expectation that content from the 1973 Flora will be available for reuse. Discussions underway with the University of Washington Press will soon clarify the means by which we can reuse content, and the results of those discussions may prompt changes to our workflow and approach. To date, we have finished scanning the 1973 Flora and its 5-volume counterpart. The text for all family treatments has been extracted, cleaned, and formatted as Word documents to serve as the starting point for authoring new treatments. Line drawings are being split up and reworked as we revise individual families. Draft revisions have been completed for several medium-size and small families, with others in progress.