This paper reports on UPLanT’s (University of North Carolina Plant Language Team) vocabulary solutions, including Project OpenKey vocabulary developments. The paper explores the meaning of vocabulary; discusses plant keys, plant taxonomy, and descriptive vocabulary used for plant identification; introduces UPLanT’s research and development activities and current inquiry. Vocabulary solutions presented include a suite of vocabulary tools, a preliminary process model with steps for the development of vocabulary tools, and guiding principles for the development of descriptive plant vocabulary. This work has been conducted to address the student/scientist vocabulary gap and facilitate student access to primary scientific resources found in education digital initiatives.
Received: 08 November 2005
Published: 25 January 2006
About author:: Jane Greenberg,Bryan Heidorn,Stephen Seiberling,Alan S. Weakley
Jane Greenberg,Bryan Heidorn,Stephen Seiberling,Alan S. Weakley. Growing Vocabularies for Plant Identification and Scientific Learning. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2006, 22(1): 33-43.