What Medicinal Plant Names Services offers
Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) is creating a unique, fully mapped, medicinal plant name resource, presenting an authoritative view and linking to relevant literature, legislation and other complementary data sources. It aims to provide a suite of information services designed to benefit the health, pharmaceutical, conservation and research communities.
The plant name services being developed by MPNS will enable us to provide effective solutions for all types of user, making good use of Kew’s unique and diverse institutional strengths. They will enhance research, improve R&D planning, facilitate exchange of information between organisations holding plant-related pharmaceutical data, reduce their costs and support global, industry-wide data standards.
Information services will include:
- A web portal that will enable individuals to search on Latin scientific, Latin pharmaceutical, herbal and common names in order to answer specific questions, e.g. ‘What is the preferred scientific name for this plant?’, ‘What scientific synonyms have been used in the past?’ and ‘Where is this plant found?’
- Validation of lists of plant names:
- suggesting corrections where errors are found;
- providing the currently preferred name of each plant included, along with all of its known synonyms;
- detecting when the same plant occurs in a user’s list more than once under different names.
- Subscription services offering data downloads of the MPNS resource, updated at agreed intervals.
- Machine to machine web services (API interface) enabling a client’s own information system to directly access the MPNS resource, extracting the information that it needs, when it needs it.
- Consultancies including:
- guidance and advice on the use of plant names;
- design of information systems built to manage or depend upon plant names;
- value added services including expert authentication services offered through Kew’s Innovation Unit and Plant Authentication Services.
The portal will be available free of charge for individuals wishing to answer specific questions about medicinal plant names. Services tailored for organizations that handle their own databases or lists of medicinal plant names will be free or on a cost-recovery basis for non-commercial users, but will be charged at a competitive rate to commercial organisations in order to maintain the sustainability of both the resources and the services provided.
A User Group is helping us design and prioritise these services.
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