Small pieces loosely joined: getting louse research online.

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Smith, V.S.*, Rycroft, S.D., Roberts, D. (2010). Small pieces loosely joined: getting louse research online.
Forth-International Congress on Phthiraptera (ICP4)., Urgup, Cappadocia, Turkey. 13 -18 June.

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Small pieces loosely joined: getting louse research online.

  1. 1. Small pieces loosely joined Getting louse research on the Web Vincent S. Smith Dave Roberts & Simon Rycroft
  2. 2. Phthiraptera.org Pros • High quality • Bespoke • Digital „hub‟ Cons • 1 Person • Limited updates • Taxonomy focus • No digital services • No „ownership‟ • Slow to build http://phthiraptera.org
  3. 3. A common experience Examples from the NHM, London Lepidoptera British Fleas Chalcid Wasps Martian Meteorites Spanish Sandflies Solanaceae Loch Ness Worms Bumble bees
  4. 4. Explosion of Web (2.0) tools Putting you in control
  5. 5. What is a Scratchpad? A website for you & your community 1 2 3 Your data Uploaded & “Published” & reviewed tagged on your site
  6. 6. What is a Scratchpad? A website for you & your community 1 2 3 Your data Uploaded & “Published” & reviewed tagged on your site Fast Intuitive Fit for use
  7. 7. Scratchpads A multi-site implementation of Drupal http://scratchpads.eu
  8. 8. Scratchpad Application Form Free to any individual or community
  9. 9. Flexible Template Site With easy navigation
  10. 10. An ecosystem of communities Sites: 150+ Users: 2000+ Pages: 266k March 2007 Circa 2 new sites/wk.
  11. 11. Phthiraptera.org Reborn as a Scratchpad http://phthiraptera.myspecies.info
  12. 12. Phthiraptera.org Your content available to edit by you… e.g. Your research profile
  13. 13. Phthiraptera.org Content Summary Data so far… • Phthirapterists (296) • Lice (8,040) • Birds (5,640) • Mammals (6,561) • Louse-host associations (12,472) • Bibliographic data (9,759) • Institutional collections (62) Data to follow… • Images (7,650, 440 taxa) • PDF attachments (4,084) • Phylogenies (30+) Will get prettier
  14. 14. Phthiraptera.org The future That’s all folks… • It‟s a community based site • Needs you to submit data • Needs a senior editor • Its your site, not mine
  15. 15. Louse Scratchpad Workshop Tuesday 12-13.00, June 15th To cover… • An overview of what‟s possible • Accounts & logging in • Taxonomy • Louse - host associations • Bibliographies • E-mail forums • Phylogenies THIS SITE NEEDS YOU! No time for… • Private groups • Character projects • Publications • Many more things…
  16. 16. European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy EDIT - http://www.e-taxonomy.eu/ • Network of 27 partners “to integrate taxonomic research and • €12M Euros improve the production of knowledge” • Feb. 2006 - Feb. 2011
  17. 17. ViBRANT INFRA-2010-1.2.3 (VRC) 17 Partners, 9 countries €4.75M • Distribute hosting infrastructure • Web services on major data types • Registry of sites and data services • Common data portal • New services (keys / phylog.) • Vocab. / ontology site (GBIF) • User support • Sociological research • Formal publishing
  18. 18. BMC Bioinformatics BMC Bioinformatics 2009, 10 (Suppl 14) S6doi:10.1186/1471-2105-10-S14-S6 Published: 10 November 2009
  19. 19. Questions?

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