Readers may have already heard about Persephone, the online plant recording system developed for Plant Heritage. Around 100 collections are now recorded on the system and this is now a recommended option for recording National Collections, if the user is not already using a database (such as IrisBG, BGBase or Demeter). Use of Persephone by National Plant Collection Holders is free of charge.
Persephone was initially designed by NCH David Ross and has had input from many other National Collection Holders who have used the system. Software programming was carried out by David’s son, Toby, who now supports the project on a voluntary basis.
If you choose to join the growing number of collection holders who use Persephone, you will be given a login to a secure website where you can record information about your collection and add pictures and other files, so creating a ‘one stop shop’ for all your records. Once on the system, all or part of your data can be securely shared with others who you would like to see it, such as your Coordinator or fellow NCHs or others with an interest in your collection. The data is not available to the general public via the world-wide-web, although this is a potential future development for those collection holders who would welcome it.
If you have your data stored on another electronic system (such as Access, Excel or even Word), it can be imported to Persephone and this work can be done for you. Help may also be given with transferring paper records on a case-by-case basis. Workshops are planned in various parts of the country in 2017, please follow this blog for updates.
To watch a short narrated video about Persephone, please click on the following LINK