Important notice regarding the Seed Information Database
A recent assessment of the Seed Information Database (SID) for compliance with UK legislation on website accessibility (Public Sector Bodies [Websites and Mobile Applications] Accessibility Regulations 2018; themselves aligned with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 at the AA standard) found the web interface deficient in several respects. Regrettably, due to RBG Kew’s need to prioritise its limited resources, we will be unable to remedy the faults; and the SID web interface will be taken down at the end of this financial year (March 2022).
However, we will continue to update SID’s data content internally; and this will continue to be available to external users as flat files from RBG Kew’s FTP site.
Please also note that for many years we have shared much of SID’s seed functional trait data via the TRY Plant Trait Database, which facilitates bulk data downloads; and we intend to continue periodic updates of that content.
In future, as far as possible, we plan to deliver species’ seed trait information via Kew’s ‘Plants of the World Online’ portal; which should be convenient for users browsing or searching for data on individual species. Moreover, Kew’s current Science Strategy sets out (p27) an ambition to collaboratively deliver a ‘Global Seed Information Facility’ on seed traits by 2025.
John Dickie, RBG Kew