Bloom Clock Project

The Bloom Clock Project is an attempt to create a language for discussing the bloom times of wildflowers and other plants that is neutral in respect to climate, region, and hemisphere. Bloom clocks are kept by gardeners, ecologists, and others to record the time of year different plants are in bloom.

Bloom Clocks are really useful to many people, including garden designers and people with allergies: knowing when wind-pollinated plants bloom can help those with allergies (and the doctors that treat them) helping to predict when pollen will be a problem.

Bloom times can be used as indicators for monitoring changes of local and regional climate, and can provide phenological cues which tell the farmer or gardener when to look out for a certain pest.

If you would like to participate then click here.

If you are looking for someone in the know then SB Johnny seems to be the man to talk to about the project, hes a Wikiversity custodian and an organic farmer and horticulturist by profession.

Wikiversity Wiki Campus Radio – Leigh Blackhall

On the weekend we had a session planned with Alexander Hayes, unfortunately he couldn’t make it. Leigh Blackall showed up and we had a discussion mostly about some of the problems he is having with copyright at his institution.

Details of the Discussion with Leigh Blackall.

Download the raw audio file.

Leigh’s userpage has a lot of information about him and his work. He works at Otago Polytechnic.

Thank you to Wikiversity and the Wikiversity participants for allowing me to host this discussion.

I tried to avoid the debate about copyleft thats happening on wikieducator due to most of it being rhetoric but I think our discussion went well.