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Hi! I'm K4.
I took up hobby gardening and amateur botany as a way to put my open-source software job down sometimes... until I noticed that those things could go together in new and interesting ways. I've been building an open, highly-queryable plant/growing database that anyone can edit or help curate. Nothing really to show off yet (I'm up to my eyeballs in initial data imports rn), but there is a blog up at blog.plantdata.io with project updates.

/me waves enthusiastically

@K4_713 Welcome! This sounds super interesting, hope I can contribute some data once it's up and running!

@K4_713 I also took up gardening as a break from software and I'm interested in this project.

@K4_713 hi! Best wishes! Already heard about growstuff.org/ ? (Am on the go - sorry if you address this elsewhere and I did not see.)

@brainwane Sumana! Long time no type! Yeah, I've looked at growstuff.org a little. There's definitely a lot of overlap, but their approach seems to be rooted(<--ha) in user data and individual experiences with plants, and I *think* that's probably going to remain adjacent territory, project-wise...
Nice to see you around!

@K4_713 Oh hi it's YOU! Glad to see you. Thanks for the kind reply!

@K4_713
I spent a long time looking at the classification of plants and online data repositories a few years back.

You seen practicalplants.org ?

Its a jazzed up mediawiki and does some interesting stuff

@dazinism Ah! I think I had sort of brushed up against practicalplants.org at some point, but I clearly didn't look at it hard enough. Cool stuff! Didn't realize it was mediawiki.

@K4_713

Yeah it does some neat stuff with the data, kind of what it sounded like you were thinking about?

Its sadly been a bit neglected lately, think the wiki aspect makes it extra valuable (anyone can jump in and add info).

The dev behind it is v. nice/friendly. Also clearly talented.

Sure they would be most happy if more stuff started happening there.

@dazinism Oh yeah, I definitely had started getting some very basic stuff going on via Wikibase, with the idea that: Yes, openly curating is clearly the way to go. It was also a great excuse for me to finally dig in to Wikibase. That stuff definitely has quite the learning curve...
I wonder how practicalplants is storing their data. I think I'll go ask.

@dazinism Cool! I am going to keep an eye on this. Also, I suspect "My potato should ideally be compatible with your potato" will be the best thing I read all day today.

@K4_713 Hey there! I stumbled upon you project just now while researching if I should start something like this! :)
How is it going?

There are actually some projects that would love to see this happen:
E.g.
openfarm.cc
farm.bot
and my own plantbuddies.serlo.org

There's some discussion on
github.com/openfarmcc/Crops

/projects wave back enthusiastically

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