My local newspaper, the Edinburgh Evening News recently asked if they could run a short piece on the forage.rs website. And here it is – the Evening News staff spent some time picking out plant sightings they though might be of interest to their Edinburgh readers. If you’ve seen the article we hope you like it, and we’d be happy to hear your feedback.
Just a quick note to keep you up to date with what is happening with the project. The forage.rs project has recently undergone some redevelopment behind the scences and we will be relaunching the site shortly using our new codebase. At the moment I am waiting for our iPhone app to be updated so we can make the switch.
The move to the new codebase should make it easier for us to add new features to the site, and fix a few problems the old code had. Most importantly the new site will handle photos much better, so it will be easier to add a photo of any plants you have found.
We’ve had a few people ask if they can use the forage.rs map on their website, and the answer is now yes! We’ve developed an embeddable version of the map that you can use on your own website to display things on the map.
This is initially a quick fix – there are some features that don’t work quite so well in a smaller window, and we will be working to fix that in the future. At present the embeddable map is read only – if you’d like the visitors to your site to add sightings to the map, then you’ll need to send them over to our website. If you have any comments on this new feature we’d be happy to hear them.
To get the HTML code to embed the map in your page, just navigate to the map-view that you want, and click on the permalink button. The HTML code you need is contained in the second textbox.
Following many months of development, forage.rs is now available on your iPhone. The Forager’s Friend is available as a free download from the apple app store.
This first release allows you to access and add markers to the map while you are out foraging. We plan to add lots more features as the website develops. We’d be happy to hear your ideas for new features, or any other comments you may have on the app.
I came across this fascinating picture recently while looking for more information about modern day foraging. The map is taken from Robert Kelly’s book The Foraging Spectrum, and it shows the distribution of modern day forager societies. It’s quite incredible to see that even today there are people in the world who forage as part of their daily lives.
My next topic of interest is how foraging relates to our lives here in the West.
We’re always keen to hear more feedback on the website, so to make it easier we’ve set up a web forum where you can post your comments on the website.
We’re open to your hearing bug reports, feature requests, and joys and frustrations of using the website. You can find the forum here