Iris Encyclopedia Projects - How You Can Help

See also: Earlier thoughts from 2019

The Iris Encyclopedia has been created by the American Iris Society for all irisarians and would-be irisarians. Similar to the better known Wikipedia, the thousands of edits and editors have created and continue to improve it.

There are many opportunities for you to help. Each typo you find and correct, each punctuation correction, each link added or corrected, and each piece of additional information you add is important. There are also topics requiring regular updates and areas for new developments. Some of these are described below.

General Note: This page is to help you see what might be done. As you complete any of the tasks, please update this page to let others know the status.

Please add your thoughts and links to these.
  • Photos - One of the strengths of the Iris Encyclopedia is the abundance of photos of individual irises. It can always use more! Contact Terry Laurin if you can help by contributing photos, locating photos, or identifying irises needing photos. [Add specific projects here or on a separate page]
  • New Hybridizers - Betsy Higgins has created a page listing the hybridizers who have registered their first iris during each year from 2010 through 2017. Help is needed to continue this work.
  • The AIS Hager-DuBose Memorial Online Library - Containing the literature of irisdom, there is considerable expansion of this library still to accomplish. Publications by all parts of AIS and other iris societies need located, copyright cleared for inclusion, scanned, and added.

AIS and Other Awards

The world's Iris Societies have created awards for irises and for people. Learn more on the Awards page. How to update these award pages is covered below.

2019 AIS Medal Winners have been entered. Useful references are - 2014 Winners - 2015 Winners - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019 -

Notes: There were no 2020 winners because of the coronavirus. The photo galleries should be checked for missing photos from time to time. This can occur because of changes in the cultivar's page when photos are removed or renamed. When inserting a photo in a gallery, the height should match those of the other pictures, generally 150 px (the second box under appearance). When adding an iris to the gallery, also add a back link from that iris to that awards page.
  • The American Dykes Medal for best Iris from an American hybridizer, - Last updated 10/12/20.
  • The Caparne-Welch Medal for best Miniature Dwarf Bearded, - Last updated 8/20/20. The winners before 1982 need a gallery created and photos added.
  • The Cook-Douglas Medal for best Standard Dwarf Bearded, - Last updated 8/20/20. The winners 1975 and before need added to the gallery.
  • The Debaillon Medal for best Louisiana Iris, - Last updated 8/21/20. The winners 2010 and earlier need added to the gallery. Picture height of 180 px is being used.
  • The Eric Nies Medal for best Spuria, - Last updated 8/25/20 - The winners 1992 and before need a gallery created and photos added.
  • The Founders of SIGNA Medal for best species cultivar, - Last updated 10/12/20.
  • The Knowlton Medal for best Border Bearded, - Last updated 8/23/19. Winners 1995 and before need added to the gallery.
  • The Mitchell Medal for best Pacific Coast Native, - Last updated 8/26/20. Winners 1992 and before need Award gallery created and photos added.
  • The Mohr Medal for best quarter Arilbred, - Last updated 9/5/20. 'Aspen Country' needs a photo.
  • The Morgan-Wood Medal for best Siberian, - Last updated 9/5/20. 2000 and before need added to gallery with photos.
  • The Payne Medal for best Japanese, - Last updated 9/10/20. 'Edge Of Frost' needs a photo. Winners 1992 and before need Award gallery created and photos added.
  • The Randolph-Perry Medal for best Species Cross, - Last updated 9/11/20. - look for Wooly Bully duplicate -
  • The Sass Medal for best Intermediate Bearded, - Last updated 8/31/19. Winners 2010 and before need added to gallery with photos.
  • The White Medal for best aril or arilbred, - Last updated 9/12/2020. Picture height of 190 px is being used. Winners 1992 and before need Award gallery created and photos added.
  • The Williamson-White Medal for best Miniature Tall-bearded, - Last updated 9/2/2019. Winners 2004 and before need added to gallery with photos.
  • The Wister Medal for best Tall Bearded Iris,- Last updated 8/23/2019.

Other Awards
  • Walther Cup - convert to table and extend - 1970 Pink Taffeta - Last updated 10/13/20. Needs photos for 2004 and before.
  • Ben Hager Cup - Needs 2018 and 2019 locations. Last updated 10/18/20. The AIS website Awards & Symposiums page is another source of this information. Could be converted to photo gallery.
  • Presidents Cup - Needs 2018 and 2019. Could be converted to photo gallery.
  • Franklin Cook Cup - Needs 2018 and 2019. Could be converted to photo gallery.
  • Zurbrigg-Mahan Seedling Cup - Mostly updated 2/12/2019. Also can update with names as seedlings are registered. Needs 2019 entered.
Awards by Country
  • The Iris Society of Australia awards include: The Australian Dykes Medal. For an explanation of the structure of the awards system and how it is judged click here to see the ISA Judges Handbook. Note: The ISA also awards the ISA Medal annually for the top-scoring iris of a different type to that which has received the Dykes Medal, e.g. if the Dykes Medal winner is a bearded cultivar, then the highest-scoring beardless cultivar receives the ISA Medal, and vice versa. (Quote from ISA website) This needs added to the Iris Encyclopedia.
  • The British Iris Society awards include: The British Dykes Medal, Wisley Trials, For an explanation of the structure of the awards system and how it is judged click here.
  • The French Iris and Bulb Society awards include: Franceiris. M├ędaille De Dykes; For an explanation of the structure of the awards system and how it is judged click here
  • The Iris Branch of the German Perennials Society Awards for Iris, 2012
  • The Italian Iris Society awards include: Premio Firenze For an explanation of the structure of the awards system and how it is judged click here.
  • The Moscow Iris Competition awards include here
  • The New Zealand Iris Society awards include the New Zealand Dykes Medal. For an explanation of the structure of the awards system and how it is judged click here.

Index to General Information Topics

This index is found in the left-hand column of the Iris Encyclopedia. Projects include adding new entries, updating old entries, and adding new subjects. A special project is updating the links to the AIS website because of recent restructuring of that website.

Specific Cultivars and Entries

A list to for changes to individual pages needed. Please remove from list when you have updated the individual page completely.
  1. 'Berlin-Cape Connection' catalog cites EC and HC which are not found in the entry or the Iris Register. Where can the 1996 HCs be found? Are ECs normally listed for cultivars?
  2. Duplicate entries such as https://wiki.irises.org/Spec/SpecAaronsBlue and https://wiki.irises.org/Spec/AaronsBlue which need to be combined into the first entry to match the file naming convention. Both a couple of a specific pages and a possible general topic. Added to Possible Projects
  3. 'Joyce Elin' needs formatting changed to allow the left-hand column to sit correctly.
  4. 'Allah' has "chamaeiris dwarf season" for the season both in the Iris Encyclopedia and the Iris Register. Is this a typo?

Possible Projects

A list for possible general topics. Please add your comments on the listed topics and please add other topics. Topics can be separated from this list as they become well enough defined.
  1. Gardens Web topics. The Gardens Web contains a number of top level topics that need developed further. Also, the individual gardens could use more detail and photos.
  2. Conservation and Preservation. Whether it is protecting iris species or conserving iris cultivars, AIS, its members, and its components have a number of initiatives underway. A project to pull these together would help everyone see how they fit together and might inspire additional activities. Some of the Iris Encyclopedia resources for this are: 1. Guardian Gardens Video 2. National Collections for several countries can be found starting with the Gardens Web. 3. Conservation Status is a page that was begun to list species population status and cultivars population status. It needs further consideration for how to proceed. [Note - look at the search linked on this page for extinct and change to include extinction.] 4. The National Collections Spring 2020 Report was presented at the August 26, 2020 AIS Board Teleconference and is a good source for recent activities in this area.
  3. Historic Irises registered by others - Examples include Philip Edinger, Katie Carstensen, and Helen Graham Reynolds aka El Dorado Iris Gardens. The Sass Brothers may be a useful starting point for others.
  4. Edit-a-thons - Organize group sessions to learn about and work on specific parts of the Iris Encyclopedia. May be a way to encourage additional editing volunteeers.
  5. Duplicate entries such as https://wiki.irises.org/Spec/SpecAaronsBlue and https://wiki.irises.org/Spec/AaronsBlue which need to be combined into the first entry to match the file naming convention. Both a couple of a specific pages and a possible general topic. This example is listed in the Specific Cultivars and Entries as well as here.
  6. Hybridizing topics. A good general starting point is the AIS Bulletin Bibliography of Hybridizing. Is there a good starting point for chromosome counts? Another good general starting point is the label hybridizing in the World of Irises blog.
  7. Linking catalogs and the associated websites. An example of how it might be done is https://wiki.irises.org/Hist/NurseriesJoePyeWeed where a link to the website has been added to the automatically generated list of nurseries.

 


-- WayneMesser - 12 Oct 2020
Topic revision: r15 - 24 Oct 2020, WayneMesser
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