Bot 2.0


Botany through Web 2.0 (or “Bot 2.0”) was a 2-year project completed in April 2010.

The Bot 2.0 program used an innovative technological approach to help retain student interest in the biological and botanical sciences and address the lack of diversity in the student population pursing the botanical sciences. The project introduced students from universities and community colleges around North Carolina to a curriculum weaving together four key themes – botany, environmental conservation, the use of social technologies and metadata literacy.

Bot 2.0 held its first BotCamp in the summer of 2008 with a class of 14 students, and continued with a second camp in 2009. Students used digital cameras and camera phones to capture images of plants and trees in the field, then downloaded their photos to Web 2.0 social computing technologies similar to Facebook and YouTube. In the classroom, students used metadata tagging to classify each image.


National Science Foundation


  • Metadata Research Center, UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
  • North Carolina Botanical Garden
  • UNC Herbarium
  • UNC Information Technology Services
  • Alamance Community College
  • North Carolina A&T
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University


  • Jane Greenberg, UNC SILS
  • Alan Weakley, UNC Herbarium, NC Botanical Garden

Project Team

Michael Shoffner



BotCamp participant

BotCamp participant uses a cameraphone to capture plant images during a visit to Mason Farm Biological Reserve.


BotCamp students