American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Are Barcodes Dead? Improving The Inventory of Living Plant Collections Using Optical Technology
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 22 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Albion C
H. Ostgaard, IrisBG Botanical Software Ltd., Bath, United Kingdom; R. Havinga, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Barcodes have been around since the 1970s and are now an essential tool in the successful running of many large organizations. Some of the advantages of using barcodes and RFID tags may be obvious, but is it enough to just stick a barcode on a plant label? In this session, we will share some of our experiences with examples of where technology and organizational routines make barcodes and RFID tags great tools to help botanic gardens achieve their goals more efficiently. However, successful adoption of this technology into your workflow is not as straightforward as you might think. Come and join this session to learn from our mistakes and find solutions for incorporating barcode technology into your record keeping.