Zachary Wilson, Ryan Stetz, and Kenneth M. Klemow. 2007. DEVELOPING HANDHELD ELECTRONIC AIDS TO PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING OF PLANTS IN THE FIELD. Contributed paper: Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting. Abstract: Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 80:129.
Online taxonomic keys have been shown to be useful tools for biologists and amateurs alike. One disadvantage, however, has been the inability to use such keys in the field. Here, we refine an online dichotomous key accessible with a handheld personal digital assistant (PDA) first developed in our lab for use at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, PA. We report on alternative programs that increase the user-friendliness, aesthetics, and accessibility of the program. We also developed a podcast of the hiking trails and associated vegetation to accompany the online key. The podcast is designed to replace current trail guides with a medium that can be regularly updated and is capable of providing more information.