Encyclopaedia of Bromeliads
The first expenditure of the Encyclopedia of Bromeliads CD was dedicated to the late Leo Wijffels, one of the initiators behind the idea of the project. It is already six years ago the first version was released and much has changed since. The first version was produced from a single data (text) file, some directories with images, and using a tool to create the pages in html, which was not very flexible and would make the project unmanageable with an increasing amount of resources and contributors. This single file was the base for a relational Taxon web database, which is continuously altered and extended by more than one person. Especially Derek Butcher and Eric Gouda are working hard to add and correct description data from literature that will be used in the versions to come. The binomial files by Harry Luther were a great help to check the completeness of the Taxa included in the first version.
Also additional information about Bromeliad literature and pictures of species, varieties etc. within this literature, gathered by Leo Dijkgraaf (used on his web site Bromtravels.nl too) are a welcome addition to this Encyclopedia.
Pictures are directly linked into the database and therefor managed much easier now, including all picture information. A lot of pictures used were taken in the Utrecht Botanic Gardens and at Corn. Bak's Bromeliad Nursery by Eric Gouda, we are thankful for their cooperation. Pictures were processed by Cees Gouda directly in the database, using new tools to do so and making it possible to view larger images in this version. We are very happy with an increasing number of picture donors and major picture donors have their own picture upload portal in the project, loading pictures and information about them, directly into the database. It will become a challenge to have images of all species and varieties included and much more collaborators are needed to achieve this goal.
Pictures loaded into the FloraPix Gallery (an other Project at the Utrecht Botanic Gardens by the main author) are not used yet, but we are going to start to select pictures that can be used and ask permission to use the pictures in the Encyclopedia.
We want to thank all mentioned collaborators on the collaborator's page in particular, but also all collaborators not mentioned by name here, like the many picture donors for their support and contribution to the project and again.