The World Wide Web has opened substantial avenues for research into accessing and disseminating vast amounts of information to millions of users all over the world. As a result, it is now very common for people at all levels of computer literacy to “surf the net” in search of information. However, finding useful information can be a laborious and tedious task, especially for those unfamiliar with the Web. Our goal is to improve both the usefulness and the ease of web-based information gathering. In particular, we place a special emphasis on horticulture-based information. In the PlantSage project, we provide access to three different sources of information: a local database, a search on selected “partner” sites, and a search on the entire web that not only returns names and URLs of relevant sites but also collates and uniformly formats potentially useful information. This paper will describe each of these processes and our plans for enhancing them.
Potter, W.; Shamblen, E.; and Vuppula, H., "Providing Web Surfers With Useful Information About Plants via PlantSage" (1999). AMCIS 1999 Proceedings. 311.