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Kirchoff, Bruce [1].

Making a Visual Key.

Although illustrations have played an important role in identification keys and guides since the 18th century, their use has varied widely. Some keys lack all illustrations, while others are heavily illustrated. Even within illustrated keys and guides the way in which images are used varies considerably. During this workshop we will review some best practices for image use in keys, and create a completely visual key. By a visual key I mean a key based almost exclusively on images, and that contains a minimal amount of text.These types of keys have been made possible by advances in digital imaging,which has allowed the rapid collection of standardized photographs of plants. Characters in visual keys are visually, not verbally defined. During the workshop participants will learn how to create visual keys, and will create a visual key to a group of taxa. This will be a hands-on exercise, in which everyone can participate.

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Related Links:
Principles of Visual Key Construction
Image Use in Field Guides and Identification Keys

1 - University Of North Carolina At Greensboro, Department Of Biology, PO BOX 26170, GREENSBORO, NC, 27402-6170, USA, 919-304-2991

plant identification
best practices.

Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: WS06
Location: Delaware B/Hyatt
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: WS06001
Abstract ID:24

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