Scratchpads Training Course

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Scratchpads training course at the Natural History Museum, London on 16th October 2012

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Scratchpads Training Course

  1. 1. An  Introduc+on  to  Scratchpads    Ed  Baker  Department  of  Life  Sciences,  Natural  History  Museum   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  2. 2. Why  Scratchpads?  Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  3. 3. Science  is  global  •  It  needs  global  standards  •  Coopera+on  of  large  ins+tu+ons  and  organisa+ons  Science  is  carried  out  “locally”  •  By  local  scien+sts  •  Involvement  with  local  infrastructures  •  Funded  locally   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  4. 4. The  problems  with  tradi9onal  published  data  •  Most  descrip+ons  are  under  copyright  (~1923)  •  Limited  Open  Access  and  accessibility  •  No  mechanism  for  updates  &  correc+ons  •  LiUle  or  no  data  integra+on  (except  cita+ons)  •  No  mechanism  for  community  engagement   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  5. 5. This  leads  to:  •  Vast  amounts  of  unpublished  taxonomic  “knowledge”  •  The  knowledge  that  is  published  cannot  be  mobilised  •  Low  scien+fic  impact  (but  long  half-­‐life)    •  A  complex,  fragmented  &  hard  to  navigate  landscape  •  Dispersed  data  sources  •  Difficul+es  for  collec+ng  informa+on  for  research   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  6. 6. The  Concept   Your data External data & servicesIntroduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  7. 7. What  is  a  Scratchpad?  Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  8. 8. Scratchpads  are  not  •  A  single  biodiversity  database  •  A  tool  just  for  taxonomists   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  9. 9. The  Basics  •  Hosted  websites  for  biodiversity  data  •  Virtual  research  &  publica+on  pla^orm  •  Completely  open  access  &  open  source  •  Modular  &  flexible   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  10. 10. Taxon  pages   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  11. 11. Distribu9on  Maps   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  12. 12. Literature   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  13. 13. See  who  is  using  your  site   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  14. 14. Coming  soon  •  Matrix-based keys using the character project•  Publication tool - submit manuscripts made on your site to ZooKeys, Phytokeys or the new Biodiversity Data Journal•  Checklists, multiple language support and more! Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  15. 15. The  Scratchpads  project  Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  16. 16. How  are  Scratchpads  funded?  2007 2011 2014 ViBRANT! Virtual  Biodiversity  Research   &Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  17. 17. Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  18. 18. Who  uses  Scratchpads?  • Professional scientists• Amateur naturalists• Citizen scientists• Individuals, groups & societies Users Sites ViBRANT SP 2 Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  19. 19. Protec+ng  your  data  • Nightly backups of database and files• Off-site tape backup• Whole-site archives available upon request• Berlin mirror Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  20. 20. Resources  Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  21. 21. Wiki  •  help.scratchpads.eu  -­‐  training  manuals,  videos  Ambassadors  Programme  •  scratchpads.eu  –  local  experienced  users  Issues  Queue  •  Report  bugs  and  suggest  features  from  your  site  Sandbox  •  Sandbox.scratchpads.eu  –  for  trying  things  before  doing  them  on  your  site   Introduc+on  >  Why  Scratchpads?  >  What  is  a  Scratchpad?  >  About  the  Scratchpads  project  >  Resources  
  22. 22. Ques+ons?  

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