PlantVillage is a user moderated Q & A forum dedicated to the goal of helping people grow their own food. It is an open and freely available resource that helps you solve your plant related questions. PlantVillage is built on the premise that all knowledge that helps people grow food should be openly accessible to anyone on the planet. In the future, PlantVillage will offer a cross-platform app that will be available to download on various app stores.Interview with representative
There is no specific target region. Users come from regions all over the world including Sub Saharan Africa, India, United States.
PlantVillage is a non-profit project and a collaboration between Penn State University and EPFL.
PlantVillage’s services are free to use.
Various plant forums found on the internet, as well as apps such as “Plant Diseases” found on Apple’s App Store.
Farmers, gardeners, and even researchers -anyone involved with growing plants.
Open Source. Everything found on PlantVillage is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon any content on PlantVillage even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit PlantVillage and license their new creations under the identical terms. This ensures that content will remain openly accessible for the years to come.
Users can access PlantVillage directly through their website. It is free to sign-up and become a member.
PlantVillage has seen over 3 million unique users since launch in 2013.Interview with representative
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PlantVillage offers agricultural advice through multiple platforms on their website. Users can upload questions and pictures directly to the forum section of their website, where other users can then respond. Additionally, PlantVillage offers a plant database of nearly 200 plants with information on physical characteristics, maintenance needed, harvesting tips, and much more. Lastly, users can create plant journals which help them track progress over the plant’s life, as well as allowing them to identify when certain problems arose.
Support is provided directly by community members on the site.
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