IrisBG, along with other plant records management software, is designed to keep records of individual plants existing in a landscape. These databases are most commonly used by botanical gardens and arboreta, whose missions are related to maintaining a collection of plants as a resource for research, education, and public enjoyment. The National Park Service has a similar mission of education and enjoyment, but while arboreta and botanical gardens are more focused on maintaining plants as individual specimens for research, the NPS has a broader interest in maintaining landscapes as cultural and natural resources. More specifically, landscape stewards at National Historic Sites work to preserve the conditions of the landscape during the site’s historic period of significance. These differences effect what information is important for NPS to keep records of regarding plants in the landscapes. Fortunately, IrisBG has enough flexibility in its design to allow for modified use of some components to support the unique needs related to record-keeping and preservation of NPS landscapes. The key ways that the NPS
This diagram illustrates the relational organization of the eight panels in IrisBG. Panels that provide data to
other panels are shown by an arrow pointing away from them. The location of each panel along the gradient
indicates if the data in each panel applies to all NPS collections in the database or if it is specific to each collection.
IrisBG database is set up uniquely for NPS needs include:
- Recommendations from Cultural Landscape Reports are integrated into the database.
- Custom attributes and drop-down lists are set up.
- Custom reporting features support NPS work tasks.
- User access levels are customized for NPS.