Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Campus Flora

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Campus Flora is an app that maps the location of individual plants and provides botanical information for each species across the University of Sydney campuses.

The app has inbuilt functionality to craft trails (e.g. evolution of land plants, the 'eucalypts' etc.) as well as having inbuilt, pre-made trails. The innovative part of CampusFlora is how it is built and continually updated and how it is used in teaching and research at the University.

CampusFlora was initially built with existing data in collaboration with the University Grounds Staff using ArborSafe. Students have then played a key role in helping to develop the app data further through field work, mapping and using data obtained from other student projects under biology, botany and ecology based subjects.

CampusFlora is also updated using data geotagged for the University's campuses as part of our participation in BioQuest (https://www.universitybioquest.com/) and CampusFlora data also feeds into the Atlas of Living Australia, on open access atlas for Australia's biodiversity information (https://www.ala.org.au/).

CampusFlora takes botany to a new audience and thereby encourages the broader campus community to get out and about in the fresh air. It allows anyone in the world with the app, including those with restricted mobility, to appreciate the University grounds.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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