In order to meet the broad requirements of the public and state departments to recognize and distinguish plant species, a plan for the nextgeneration Flora was proposed, which is internet, DNAsequence and informationtechnology based, i.e., iFlora. In this paper, we suggest and present a research framework of “ScientificCloud for iFlora”, which is a combination of ResourceCloud (Resource and Service layer), Intelligent Reorganization System, MobileClients (Application layer) and KeyUsers. (1) ResourceCloud: a collaborative working platform in the cloud site. This platform is used to integrate all relevant information resources, including DNA barcoding reference library, plant biodiversity information, and analysis models. (2) Intelligent Reorganization System of Virtualization: a system to retrieve, reorganize and present iFlorarecords of a given plant species automatically and intelligently. (3) MobileClients: software applications of mainstream mobile platforms, such as iOS, android and Windows phone. Constructed by these three parts, the framework will not only service for the key users with cooperating platform but also providing web service for the general public.
The construction of this project will gradually combine botany and informatics. We are aiming to construct a sharing, easily accessible, and seamless connected ScientificCloud, with which numerous scientists cooperate together for iFlora. In addition, the ScientificCloud will integrate cognitive abilities of the machine, network, and taxonomists. It will provide an intelligent public service to perceive the plant world in a new dimension.