[Bioperl-l] Biology database looking for a new home

Mark A Jensen maj at fortinbras.us
Mon May 7 19:08:35 UTC 2018

You might have a look at data.world (https://data.world) - It might be the 
right kind of place for this, since folks there want to make data usable 
and connect it with analysts, not just store it like a Dropbox.

On Mon, May 07, 2018 at 2:19pm, Peter Cock < p.j.a.cock at googlemail.com 
[p.j.a.cock at googlemail.com] > wrote:
The missing URL for the project: https://nativeplants.evergreen.ca/

Quoting the message:

 > The Native Plant Database is retiring on May 31st
 > 15 years ago, Evergreen launched the Native Plant Database
 > as a tool to support our work in urban greenspace stewardship
 > and restoration across Canada. In the years since, our focus
 > as an organization has evolved and unfortunately we are
 > unable to dedicate the necessary resources to maintain the
 > Database in good order. After much deliberation, we have
 > decided that it is necessary to decommission the Native Plant
 > Database, effective May 31st, 2018.
 > After this date, the Database website will be taken offline. If
 > you have registered an account, your personal information
 > will be deleted from our server, including all saved plant lists.
 > If you would like to save your lists or any plant information,
 > please do so by printing it prior to May 31st.
 > If possible, it is our hope to transfer the Database to another
 > organization who will continue to expand the work and
 > contributions from Database visitors. If you work for an
 > organization that would be interested in taking on this
 > responsibility, please contact Lisa Ditschun at
 > lditschun at evergreen.ca.
 > Thank you for your interest, contributions and support of
 > our Native Plant Database.

End quote.

I would suggest depositing a long term read only export at
Zenodo (http://about.zenodo.org/) for long term archiving
backed by CERN.

However, hosting for an ongoing live copy of the database
is less straightforward. I don't think think this is something
BioPerl or the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) would
take on, but there is a chance one of our members may have
a good idea - perhaps a botanical garden or natural history

(OBF board member, but speaking here in a personal

On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 4:34 PM, Gordon Haverland
<ghaverla at materialisations.com> wrote:
 > Hello.
 > I've been a long time user of Perl. I had heard of BioPerl a long time
 > ago, never looked into things beyond that.
 > I have a problem with deer on my farm, and so I am building up a
 > database on things which deer might not want to eat. In doing so, and
 > research the edibility of red elderberries, I happened across the
 > Native Plants database at Evergreen.ca. There was a message there,
 > that they are shutting down the database at the end of the month (May
 > 2018), and they would like to find a new home for the data.
 > I have a fair amount of disk space, so I sent them a note. Their reply
 > was that they would prefer that some organization take it over, not
 > just someone with a few TB of disk space. :-)
 > I mentioned CPAN and BioPerl in my reply to them. I thought I should
 > "advertise" this here as well.
 > Gord
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