HortBase: A Global Information System for Decision Support

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  • 1 1Dept. of Horticulture, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR 97331
  • | 2 2Crop and Soil Science Dept., Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR 97331
  • | 3 3Library Information Services, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR 97331
  • | 4 4Extension and Experiment Station Communications, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR 97331
  • | 5 5Network Information Director–PORTALS, Portland State Univ., Portland, OR 97207-1151

HortBase, a global electronic information system to support horticultural decisions in classroom, distance education, life-long learning, and Extension, incorporates three innovative concepts: 1) Three-dimensional-team creation of individual electronic information files (subject, communications, and information science authors collaborating from start-to-fi nish to create the file). Team-creation respects, utilizes and develops professional strengths and resources of each team member. 2) Nation-wide, or even world-wide, distribution of the workload and costs of creation, review, revision, and distribution of the individual electronic information files, rather than redundant individual efforts and expenditures, enables us to do more as a group and to specialize individually. And, 3) National peer review by each file creators' professional society (ASHS, ACE, and ASIS respectively) enhances information quality, continued professional development of the authors, and wider acceptance and use of the information. Capabilities of electronic information systems facilitate, indeed require, this new approach to information development and delivery. For additional information, http://forages.css.orst.edu/HortBase/.

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