Weblink: Forest Health Pests and Diseases
The project will organise and catalogue information and photographs as a searchable website that allows users to follow links to information relevant to them. A large amount of information will be available as a single resource as a user-friendly HTML database. The website will be located at www.NZFFA.org.nz
A large resource of information is available from Ensis and other sources but requires sourcing, selecting, cataloguing and converting to html format to be available as an online and updateable information resource. This will provide foresters and interested parties with a "one stop shop" of information on forestry pests and diseases in New Zealand.
Information is presently available for a range of forestry pests and diseases from a range of sources, but specific information can be very difficult and time consuming to locate. Printed matter is available only from libraries, while PDF files, although available online, are often not subject-based.
HTML format allows building of on-line information resources that cross-link and are searchable with keywords. By having the information as a single on-line resource, users can access information in a very simple and straight-forward manner. Printed material and electronic documents will be converted to html and added to the website, which is fully updateable.
This information website is up and running and available for public use. Keywords typed in google provide links to this website, and there is a link from the Farm forestry website homepage.
The forestry pest and disease website is found at: http://www.nzffa.org.nz/pests/Forestry_pests_and_diseases.html
Addition of new material will take place during 2008. So far approximately 425 pages with around 650 images have been loaded on this website in a user-friendly and easily searchable format. During 2008 the website will be “officially” launched with an article in the Tree Grower. The forest health community have been made aware of the website with a presentation at the Forest Biosecurity Consultative Committee and FOA Forest Health Workshop in March 2008. Feedback is expected to provide improvements and additions to the site.