Scratchpads: Building web
communities supporting
biodiversity science
D. Roberts, K. Harman, S. Rycroft & V. Smith
Nomenclators
Index Fungorum
ZooBank
IPNI
(Kew/AUS/Harvard)
ING
AFD/APC/APUI
NZOR
CoL (Sp2000& ITIS)
ZooRecord
PESI:
ERMS
F...
1. Collaborative working
2. Publication & Accessibility
3. Adaptability to the internet age
Business as
usual is not
an op...
Magic
Your data Your web site
What is a Scratchpad?
A website for you & your community
Scratchpads: Rationale
Hosted web sites, with
tools for taxonomists
Unbranded, to encourage
community identity
Intended to...
Your data
Specimens
ImagesLiterature
DNA & Phylogenies
Descriptions
Has many potential meanings:
Classification import from uBio
Classification Bank
Import from tab delimited files in three
...
Quick and easy
Data available immediately after upload
Works with any extra data that may be added to
a taxonomy (vernacul...
Small pieces loosely joined
Has many potential meanings:
Joining contributors together to form
communities
Small pieces loosely joined
Has many potential meanings:
Joining contributors together to form
communities
Joining the dat...
Small pieces loosely joined
Has many potential meanings:
Joining contributors together to form
communities
Joining the dat...
TapirLink provides
specimens to GBIF
based on Darwincore
Common Drupal base
means LifeDesk
modules will work with
Scratchpads
Working with colleagues
in Berlin, we’ll also be
providing data to the
EDIT CDM
The technology must largely embody the cause–effect
relationship connecting problem to solution.
The effects of the techno...
"By deciding to launch web-based resources or services, scholarly projects are
moving from a relatively sheltered environm...
Scratchpads: use / users Site types* (89 total+)
Taxon (x40)
Information & service (x18)
Regional (x20)
Societies (x3)
Dem...
http://scratchpads.eu
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Presented by Dave Roberts at a meeting titled "Information Technology in Biodiversity Conservation and in Agriculture" organized by the Club of Rome and the EU ICT-ENSURE project, at UNESCO, Paris. January 15th, 2009.

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  1. 1. Scratchpads: Building web communities supporting biodiversity science D. Roberts, K. Harman, S. Rycroft & V. Smith
  2. 2. Nomenclators Index Fungorum ZooBank IPNI (Kew/AUS/Harvard) ING AFD/APC/APUI NZOR CoL (Sp2000& ITIS) ZooRecord PESI: ERMS Fauna Europea Euro+Med Plantbase ORBIS WORMS Flora Europea GNOMA (Nomenclatpr Architecture) Checklists CDM GNA (NameBank) uBio PLAZI Inotaxa BHL eFloras IPNI Google Scholar Connotea ViTaL ISI Scan / Mark/up Bibliographic Phylogenetic Molecular Databases Biodiversity Name Functions Molecular Functions Literature Functions Morphological Functions GBIF LifeWatch Specimen Access Distribution Functions TDWG Descriptive / classification Identification Inter-Institutional Institutional Tree of Life TreeBase CIPRES NCBI/EMBL/DDBJ CBoL Barcode of Life Initiative ALA CONABIO CRIA (Brazil) IUCN SEEK OPAL DAISIE iNaturalist Note: there are 600 biodiversity projects listed by TDWG including most of the projects listed here. EoL Scratchpads CATE MorphoBank Wikipedia Key2Nature IdentifyLife Synthesis BCI BioCASE GeoCASE MaNIS EMu (=MOA) Recorder Indicated a link yet to be realised A many-to-many relationship
  3. 3. 1. Collaborative working 2. Publication & Accessibility 3. Adaptability to the internet age Business as usual is not an option. Directions & Challenges
  4. 4. Magic Your data Your web site What is a Scratchpad? A website for you & your community
  5. 5. Scratchpads: Rationale Hosted web sites, with tools for taxonomists Unbranded, to encourage community identity Intended to encourage community building Tools to facilitate structuring of data
  6. 6. Your data Specimens ImagesLiterature DNA & Phylogenies Descriptions
  7. 7. Has many potential meanings: Classification import from uBio Classification Bank Import from tab delimited files in three different formats Makes use of a core feature of Drupal Taxonomy backbone
  8. 8. Quick and easy Data available immediately after upload Works with any extra data that may be added to a taxonomy (vernacular names, synonymy) Auto tagging
  9. 9. Small pieces loosely joined Has many potential meanings: Joining contributors together to form communities
  10. 10. Small pieces loosely joined Has many potential meanings: Joining contributors together to form communities Joining the data together that go towards forming a Scratchpad
  11. 11. Small pieces loosely joined Has many potential meanings: Joining contributors together to form communities Joining the data together that go towards forming a Scratchpad Joining Scratchpad content with the landscape of biodiversity informatics data on the web
  12. 12. TapirLink provides specimens to GBIF based on Darwincore
  13. 13. Common Drupal base means LifeDesk modules will work with Scratchpads
  14. 14. Working with colleagues in Berlin, we’ll also be providing data to the EDIT CDM
  15. 15. The technology must largely embody the cause–effect relationship connecting problem to solution. The effects of the technological fix must be assessable using relatively unambiguous or uncontroversial criteria. Research and development is most likely to contribute decisively to solving a social problem when it focuses on improving a standardized technical core that already exists. Sarewitz and Nelson (2008) Three rules for technological fixes. Nature, 456: 871-872 I II III
  16. 16. "By deciding to launch web-based resources or services, scholarly projects are moving from a relatively sheltered environment, operating at the pace of the academic enterprise, into one that operates at the speed of web commerce. It is a challenging new world." While much attention is given to making material available online, very little is given to making sure people become aware of it and can find it. "We find few digital resource projects have devoted substantial financial or intellectual resources to understanding user needs, preferences and behaviours," say the authors of the report, who call for a "shift in mindset" among project leaders if their projects are to secure needed ongoing resources. Martin Whitaker, JISC Inform 22 (EducationGuardian.co.uk, Monday 21 April 2008) Quoting the Ithaka Report: http://www.ithaka.org/strategic-services/university-publishing
  17. 17. Scratchpads: use / users Site types* (89 total+) Taxon (x40) Information & service (x18) Regional (x20) Societies (x3) Demonstration & tutorial (x2) e-Journals (x1) Usage Statistics* Registered users 997 from >28 countries Total pages ~121k Daily visits: ~250 Average visit time: 4 min Pages / visit: ~5 Max daily: ~3,000 1 Aug 08- 19 Dec 08* + 5 private sites
  18. 18. http://scratchpads.eu
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