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Scratchpads past,present,future

  1. 1. Scratchpads Past, present & future Ed Baker Natural History Museum, London edwab@nhm.ac.uk
  2. 2. Scratchpads: the concept 1 2 3 Your data Uploaded & “Published” & reviewed tagged on your site Fast Intuitive Fit for use http://scratchpads.eu
  3. 3. Scratchpads: 2007-2011 http://scratchpads.eu/siteslist
  4. 4. Scratchpad usecases http://scratchpads.eu/siteslist
  5. 5. Scratchpad usecases http://scratchpads.eu/siteslist
  6. 6. Scratchpad usage Mar. 2007 - Dec. 2010 25 May, 2011 239 sites 3212 users 371,947 nodes
  7. 7. Scratchpads: the presentFinancial support until Dec. 2013 ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
  8. 8. Scratchpads 2 •  Scheduled for January 2012 (5 years after Scratchpad 1) •  Move from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 (4 year upgrade cycle, UI + entities) •  67 Contributed modules (31 done, 14 untested, 22 to do) •  52 Scratchpad modules (28 done, 14 untested, 10 to do) •  Migrate current Scratchpads •  New technical enhancements (hosting env., git, services, registry…) - supporting sustainability •  New user features (theme, workflow, spp. pages, mapping, services) - supporting “publication” http://wiki.scratchpads.eu/w/Wp2
  9. 9. Scratchpads 2: user enhancements Consistent Scratchpad theme •  Most sites use Garland (improves site looks) •  Idiosyncratic (colours & layouts) •  Sp2 more professional & scholarly •  Some flexibility (site profiles)
  10. 10. Scratchpads 2: user enhancements Improved administrative interface & workflows •  Basic vs. advanced admin •  Poor findability, hard to use •  Hide unnecessary items •  Workflow complex functions 2 1 -  Integrate complex actions -  Guide the user through each step 3 o  Adding users o  Site setup functions o  Groups & permissions o  Edit / add content types 4 o  Importing content & taxonomy o  Creating services 5 o  Creating views o  “Pages” menu concept
  11. 11. Scratchpads 2: user enhancements Project themed scratchpads •  New site management system (Aegir) •  Support project specific profiles •  themes, modules & wokflows •  Example themes include •  eMonocot sites •  GBIF Nodes Portal Toolkit •  EOL LifeDesks?
  12. 12. Scratchpads 2: user enhancements New species pages •  Directly edit the page •  Better presentation •  Tabs (myspecies / ispecies) •  Data inheritance (parent-child) •  Better content controls •  More intelligent ispecies filters
  13. 13. Scratchpads 2: user enhancements Integrated mapping •  3 current map types GBIF occurrence records Areas (TDWG level 4) Specimen point localities
  14. 14. Scratchpads 2: user enhancements Integrated mapping •  3 current map types Edit point metadata on map •  All integrated & editable in Scratchpads 2TDWG area data (from Scratchpads) Point localities (from Scratchpads) Point localities (from GBIF) Point localities (from flickr) Areas (TDWG level 4)
  15. 15. Scratchpads: the futureA natively digital scholarly communication system •  The article was (is) the unit of scholarly comm. (350yrs) •  Research practices have moved on o  Highly collaborative, data intensive & networked •  Scholarly communication has not adapted (e.g. the PDF) •  Published “knowledge” hides “dark data” •  Need a natively digital scholarly communication system o  Must support end-to-end the lifecycle of data, information & knowledge “the future scholarly communication system should closely resemble—and be intertwined with—the scholarly endeavor itself, rather than being its after-thought or annex” Sompel et al 2004. http://bit.ly/ Van de a3o9UX
  16. 16. Current publishing efforts on Scratchpads1. Low cost journal infrastructure •  Scratchpads used to publish PDFs (1,000’s) •  Independent editorial control & peer review •  Free to publish, open access, no page limits •  ISBN’s, but no doi’s, PubMed or ISI impact •  No online submission, just static PDFs
  17. 17. Current publishing efforts on Scratchpads2. Simple data publishing > GBIF Specimen records Pushed to 3rd party specialist on Scratchpads data publishers >18K specimen records >276M specimen records (local small scale coverage) (worldwide coverage)
  18. 18. Next generation article publishing3. From prototype to operation Paper assembled from XML submission, peer review & Scratchpad database marked-up publication by Pensoft doi:10.3897/zookeys.50.539 5-step workflow for selecting data, XML HTML PDF Published in Zookeys & Phytokeys adding metadata & previewing (worldwide coverage)
  19. 19. Next generation data publishing4. Formally publishing metadata descriptions of datasets Dataset & metadata description Dataset description reviewed, assembled in Scratchpad published & citable from new journal Dataset doi:xxxx.50.539 doi:10.3897/biodat.50.539 Datasets built & described via a Dataset description published in Scratchpad & dataset deposited in new data publication journal permanent repository

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