About the Project

Utilitarian philosophy only values what is profitable in the short term and postpones everything that does not represent modernity, renouncing the values that potentially harbor those goods that it despises.

Manuel Pardo de Santayana y Eloy Gómez Pellón, Spanish National Research Council researchers

The project Malaga Park Project: Botanical Guide has been developed entirely by Cristóbal Gallardo Alba between the years 2016 and 2018.

This work would not have been possible without the previous contribution of Blanca Díez-Garretas and Alfredo Asensi Marfil through his work El Parque de Málaga. Un ejemplo de biodiversidad (2014).


The present work was born with three main aspirations: to rescue traditional knowledge, respond to the demands of a scientific work and be fully self-managed.

The interest in ethnobotany stems from the conception of traditional knowledge as the result of innumerable observations and experiments, that is, as a proto-scientific cultural manifestation rather than as a mere folkloric element.

In the second place, the pretension to subordinate the development of this project to the requirements of a scientific work aims to establish a clear separation between scientific knowledge and mere pseudoscience.

Finally the project was born with the need to be self-managed, absolutely independent of any State or private institution.

Materials and methods

In coherence with the motivations previously expressed, it was intended to achieve the maximum possible autonomy in terms of resource management.

  • The photographs were taken at Parque de Málaga with a Nikon Coolpix S8000 camera.
  • The sources of information consulted are listed in the bibliography section. It includes more than 800 documents.
  • The website is hosted in a Raspberry Pi 3 model B, a low cost computer that has a 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM.


  • The web domain parquedemalaga.ddns.net is free and has been provided by noip.com.
  • The server runs on Raspbian, a free operating system based on Debian and optimized for Raspberry Pi.
  • The software used for image editing was GIMP v.2.8, a digital publishing program distributed under a Creative Commons license.
  • Ghost was chosen as a publishing platform , an open source tool distributed under an MIT license.
  • To carry out the analysis of the evolutionary relationships of the botanical families, we used the phyloT platform, a phylogenetic tree generator based on the NCBI taxonomy.
  • Data analysis was carried out using Python scripts. The generated databases are available under a Creative Commons 4.0 license.
  • The digital publications available have been developed through teXstudio, an integrated editing environment for the production of LATEX documents and distributed under the GPLv2 license.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

About the Project
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