QR Codes and our databases : 18 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (2)
We already have a huge collection of information in our database, and with technologies available, we should find ways that information available with us should reach as widely as possible. Many official and private gardens and parks in India are labelling plants by and many voluntary organisations are helping in this developing. It would increase the popularity of our websites if we have QR codes generated and displayed on our websites, so that any one can use these QR codes in the labels in parks and gardens. This would help in popularising  our website. I have created QR Codes for two web pages, one in efloraofindia and one in Flowers of India. You have just to point your smartphone camera to the QR Code. At the bottom of your camera frame you will see a small message ‘View QR Code details”, clicking on it take you to next page showing full address of website, and “go to website” at bottom. Clicking this will take you to the website.
     It may be a long process to do this for all pages, but as a beginning for new web pages being created.

Thank you … for suggesting introducing QR codes for EFI and FOI.
QR code is essentially an optical label. It is useful in places where we want to use visual medium to convert to an electronic address. In webpages, emails and electronic messages one can directly use URLs to point to a flower webpage. There QR codes are not very useful.
One way, that I can offhand think of, it can be useful for FOI is for example in flower shows or exhibitions, if there are placards on each plant displaying QR code pointing to the FOI page for that plant, visitors can just use their smartphones to know more about those plants.
As far as generating QR codes is concerned, I can easily generate QR codes for all the existing flower species on FOI.
 Lets use see in what ways we can use this modern tool for dispensing flora information better.

Thanks …  The idea arose from QR Codes used in labels of plants in Lodhi Garden. A few voluntary organisations are wanting to put up similar labels but would be interested to know website o which they link their labels. Since Flowers of India and efloraofindia are two biggest sites having good information (especially Flowers of India with both images, description and local names) and representing majority of plants growing/grown in India, available of QR Codes would be easily downloaded and used in labels. Once we have these, we could popularize this information.  

question is first those gardens have to Identify their own plants and then decide to label them

those labels with names spelled out and then put up a QR code as generated by us (FOI and or Indiatreepix site.) so the visitors can read all about them. good idea. but first the gardens have to correctly identify their holdings or flower shows to identify and label their plants correctly and go to our site and get the QR codes to print out on the placards with each plant  r print on their brochure. resources for us would be man power to make them and market them and make them available to the 1000s of such people. either printed as a list or even peel off labels so they can be used easily. DO-able. sellable….  sellable not just monetary, sellable in ideas…

I just created QR codes for all the flower species on FOI. Now each flower page has a link on top which allows one to download the QR code image for that species. Please to check out!

That is really great, now at least every one will know that we have QR Codes for all species on our website. Now we have to advertise it boldly on our website and personal contacts so that more and more people know and use in their placards/labels. It should make website very popular, knowing that this is single largest website on Indian plants with descriptions as well as images, and common names. Great going …

Thanks, …, That is really great. How to create QR codes ?

It would be helpful to the society if this message (you may modify it suitably) prominently on your website:
   “The website now has QR Codes generated for all species on the website. Viewers are encouraged to use these QR Codes in labels/placards in botanical gardens, public or private parks so that general public gets better awareness about the plants that they see. The information through these QR Codes gives botanical names and major synonyms, common names in different languages, habit, detailed description and couple of photographs with photographer and place of photography’

I have just posted this message on Facebook Group ‘Flowers of India”
Utility of QR Codes in public awareness. I am attaching here a QR Code for Ladies Finger Abelmoschus esculentus from Flowers of India Website, the single largest website featuring majority of Indian species. Mr. Tabish Qureshi its founder on my request has been kind enough to generate QR Codes (see download button adjacent to the camera at right upper corner of the species page). These QR codes can be printed on labels/placards in nurseries, botanical gardens, public parks and elsewhere and can be of great importance in public awareness about Indian Plants. Once you point your smartphone camera on QR code you will see a small bar at bottom “View QR Code details” once you click it, it will take you to next page  displaying address of web page, and a button at bottom ‘Go to website’. Once you click it it will take you to species page with all details: botanical name with major synonyms, common names in English and regional languages, description of species, habit and other details, and few photographs indicating place of photography.
      It will play big role if we spread this information as widely as possible, through our own means, so that public awareness increases, and more and more educational institutions and public parks incorporate QR Code labels in their gardens.

Please read it as Facebook Group “Indian Flora” not Flowers of India.

There are lot of websites which allow you to create QR code image if you give the URL of the page for which you want to create one. However, you probably would prefer an offline software which does the job. One example I could find, for Windows:

Since I use Ubuntu, I use the native Ubuntu offline tool called qrencode.
For EFI, my preliminary search brought me to this:
I haven’t explored it myself yet.

Thanks, …, I created for one page at
But doing one by one will take a lot of time and efforts.

If you want I can generate it for 10K + pages we have. It will take around 30 minutes to generate the svg file. I have attached 2 samples.
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Thanks, … Along with generation, how to incorporate them on 1000’s of pages.
Is there a way as … has done for FOI, that it can be done quickly ?

I have never done this, but can try editing the pages by using python script.


I can download the html and edit it through a script and give you the html files with QR code ‘href’ init, then you can upload it.
Because, I don’t know how you edit these pages, and upload changes

what do you say about this suggestion from …?

Thanks …, I somehow missed on … post.
I must say, I am not good at programming/ coding; therefore I am not able to know how … proposal works.
Thanks … for the encouraging solution. Is it that the QR codes generated for every page of eFI gets also simultaneously embedded in the respective pages ?

Generation of QR is not a big deal as … said. Its embedding it on each page, is a problem, if done manually.
I will try to generate one html page with embedded QR, which … can upload and verify if it works, then its not big deal to generate the webpages, but … can upload all of them.

Thanks … Please go ahead and provide the generated HTML (with embedded QR) to …
If he finds it a viable option, then he will decide to put the codes in each page.

Fwd: QR Codes : 11 posts by 1 author.
We were discussing regarding QR codes for efloraofindia a few days  back. I have lost the track to that email. I did some research for QR Codes on the web and tried some websites. The best, I think, is Google  Chrome extension. It appears in the App section of your Chrome browser and is easy to use. It hardly takes one minute to create a QR Code.
There are two options, either static or dynamic QR Code. Static code  can not be changed or modified at a later stage but dynamic can be. Dynamic codes are more useful and can be modified. I have created the  attached codes for Stephania spp. from efloraofindia and Thymus and Rauvolfia from my Blog. Kindly go through.
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Thanks, … That is very nice of you.
Yes, but the problem is to incorporate it in our thousands of page, manually one by one.
This is a very time consuming task.

its not just incorporating them in our pages. how do we make the possible end user properly identify their plants /trees and then copy our codes on their labels. so nothing else is to be typed in their labels. just name and code or even just the code? first hurdle is for the end user to identify and label, which most dont do, even at the flower show at the Agri Horticulture gardens 

Anyone who is interested to use our resources on their labels can also do it on his own. It is very simple. Just put the link in App and save as QR code. If we are not able to add QR Codes on our thousands of pages, we can ask the garden managers to create codes for our resources on their own and put on the garden labels. 

I think, name, family and QR codes are enough on Garden labels.

good idea. i spoke from experience esp. this week esp. and years and years

Kindly see this google Chrome extension which I used for creating QR codes.

…, has done it in a few hours for his site.
Is it possible to do it in our site also through some method?
May be …, who has expertise in programming and field experience in google sites, may guide us. 

I am very poor in this regard. 🙂
I spent a couple of hours checking availability of Google gadget (to be embedded in every page which would display the QR code at click of button), but I was not able to find any.
Equipping every page manually would be a huge task; frankly I would not think of working it out manually.
But I liked … proposal, which is quite practical … “Anyone who is interested to use our resources on their labels can also do it on his own. It is very simple. Just put the link in App and save as QR code. If we are not able to add QR Codes on our thousands of pages, we can ask the garden managers to create codes for our resources on their own and put on the garden labels.”

…, it is very time consuming process to  create codes for every efi page. But very easy for those who wish to use efi resources.  
I have found one more shortcut. Installed  QR code generation extension on my  Google Chrome browser. It creates code for every web page I  open. 

Yes, I agree with your thought, …
About ease of getting QR code for page URL in Google’s Chrome browser is good for those who have it installed.
People intent in seeking the QR codes of page URLs may install the Chrome browser, and further install the relevant extension (QR plugin).


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