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5th Annual Global Plants Initiative (GPI) Meeting in Madrid, Spain: A review

April 22, 2012

The Global Plants Initiative (GPI) community recently met in Madrid, Spain on the campus of GPI partner Real Jardin Botanico for the 5th Annual Meeting. This annual meeting is a great opportunity for our community to come together to discuss progress, milestones, evolving standards, and agendas for the following year. Members of the JSTOR Plant Science team were good enough to record the events. These notes are presented below along with images from the event now available on JSTOR’s Flickr page.

Day 1

Arrived Tuesday morning at the beautiful Real Jardin Botánico, where we began with welcoming remarks. Then, each attendee stood up and introduced themselves and their institution. We then had presentations by various partners of the Real Jardin Botánico. All presentations for the event were simultaneously translated in both English and Spanish as necessary. [Author's note: these presentations will be made available if possible, so check back for more information].

Laura Brown, the Managing Director of JSTOR, and Deirdre Ryan, Business Director for JSTOR Plant Science, presented after lunch. Laura talked about some of the high level iniatives at JSTOR right now, and Deirdre talked about the need to make JSTOR Plant Science a sustainable product beginning in 2013.

To wrap up the official day’s meetings, Peter Raven talked about the dire need to continue our work to understand plant diversity. After Peter talked about the past and present, we heard from Dr. Sandra Knapp about the future of Taxonomy, where she posed some thought-provoking questions to the group.

Following the formal activities, GPI partners participated in organized outings to the Real Jardin Botánico Herbarium and Museo del Prado taking in art from Goya, Bermejo, Velázquez, just to name a few.

Day 2

We arrived back in the morning, and kicked things off with a discussion on JSTOR Plant Science facilitated by Melissa Tulig from the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). This included presentations from Elspeth Haston from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh (E), Lauren Raz from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (COL), Rafael Barron from Missouri Botanical Garden (MO), Nancy Morin of the Flora of North America,  and Zachary Campau, JSTOR Plant Science’s Product Manager. We received a lot of great feedback about about our forthcoming mapping tools.

We then heard from Paul Berry from University of Michigan Herbarium (MICH) about studying large plant groups. Then there was a presentation on the Red List Index for Plants, which was an effort to assess the status of plant diversity globally, from Eimear Nic Lughadha. Then there was a lively discussion on The Plant List.

The meetings were concluded with a discussion about the future of the Global Plants Initiative. The group agreed to form an interim committee to discuss future challenges further and prepare the agenda for the next meeting in Panama in 2013.

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  1. April 29, 2012 5:01 am

    I would like to thank the organizers of the meeting in Madrid — especially Gloria and Nelly from STRI — it was fabulous. As for myself, a third year newbie in GPI and a first time attendee, the chance to meet colleagues from all over the world was invaluable. Sharing information, comparing methods in the work process, discussing the future of JSTOR Plant Science… Priceless !!!

    Ari Taponen
    University of Helsinki
    Botanical Museum (H)

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